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A helping hand
  1. Rock Vomer1,
  2. Emma York2
  1. 1 Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2 Family Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rock Vomer, Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA; Rockduq3409{at}

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Meeting the healthcare needs of the under-resourced, unhoused and uninsured population is a challenge in any community. At Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), we established additional volunteer medical services to fulfil unmet musculoskeletal needs by harnessing student and resident interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

The Health Outreach of Partnership of EVMS Students (HOPES) Physical Therapy (PT) and Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) Specialty Clinic was started in September 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia (USA).1 The HOPES PT/OMT clinic provides musculoskeletal care services to patients referred to the clinic after a HOPES Clinic primary care evaluation. Each clinic is led by a collaborative volunteer team made up of medical students, physician assistant students, resident physicians, physical therapists and faculty to address the patients’ musculoskeletal conditions. All services are provided at no cost to patients.

We identified a community need for additional services to treat musculoskeletal conditions, as the local population had …

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  • Contributors Both EY and RV contributed equally to this work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.