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Cardinal Free Clinics

Multi-quarter part-time

The Cardinal Free Clinics (CFCs), encompassing Arbor Free Clinic and Pacific Free Clinic, are two student-run health clinics operated by Stanford School of Medicine that provide free transitional primary care to adult residents of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. Arbor Free Clinic operates in Redwood City and Pacific Free Clinic operates in San Jose. Open to all regardless of immigration status, the clinics offer medical services in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFCs now offer patient appointments via telehealth. More information can be found on the CFC website.

The mission of Cardinal Free Clinics is to provide culturally appropriate, high-quality transitional medical care for an underserved patient population and to educate and empower a new generation of health care leaders to proactively address health disparities and improve access to care in their communities.

Our goals are:

  • To provide high-quality screening, preventive health, and referral services to low-income and/or uninsured or underinsured adults
  • To provide students interested in health professions and other career paths with a high-quality educational experience that involves practicing culturally competent preventive medicine in a low-income community setting, leading and organizing effective clinical operations, and exploring opportunities for public health research and interventions.
Brian Kaplun

"At Stanford it was service that affirmed, over and over, the issues I cared about and the ways I needed to be involved."

Brian Kaplun, ’18 (Human Biology), MS ’18 (Management Science & Engineering), was one of more than 300 students who declared a Cardinal Commitment in 2017–18.

Brian Kaplun, '18, MS '18

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