About the CARES Medical Clinic

CARES is a nonprofit organization providing free medical care to uninsured patients aged 18 and older in the local Charleston area since 2005 (those insured under Medicare or Medicaid do not qualify). It is operated and managed by professional students of MUSC for the opportunity to learn about medicine and the inter-workings of a free clinic. At CARES, medical, pharmacy, and PA students follow licensed physicians who are volunteering their time to care for our patients. 

The CARES Clinic was awarded the 2015-2016 "MUSC Gives Back - University Wide Organization Community Volunteer Award for Student Organizations" for the second year in a row. In addition, the CARES Clinic Spanish Night was awarded the 2015-2016 "MUSC Gives Back - College of Medicine Community Volunteer Award for Student Organizations."

Mission Statement

The CARES Medical Clinic is committed to providing quality health care at no cost to the underserved populations of South Carolina while educating future health care professionals through our service to these patients.

We aim to:

  • Offer primary care, preventive services, and referral options at no charge to uninsured adults through our clinic in Mount Pleasant, SC.
  • Expose students early in their training to the nuances of providing patient care to a population with diverse and ever-changing health care needs.
  • Foster interprofessional cooperation of students, health care professionals, and members of the community in addressing health care disparities.
  • Understand community health care needs through service to the underserved.