Community Involvement

Emory University Department of Medicine is committed to creating an environment that fosters community service at home and abroad by providing volunteer service opportunities for our faculty, staff and trainees.  

Project M-PACT

Project M-PACT (Medicine Partnering Across the Community) aims to promote a sense of community with shared values and goals across the Department of Medicine; to support existing and foster new faculty, staff, and trainee involvement in local, national and international outreach and service efforts and to impact the larger community in a tangible way.

If you have questions about how to get involved visit please review the Project M-PACT FAQs.

Project M-PACT Events 

Run for Mercy 5K

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital will host the inaugural Run for Mercy 5K on Sunday, June 12, and Project M-PACT invites you to join us! All proceeds from the event will support the Mercy Care team and their work to provide health care services to the poor and marginalized.

As Atlanta’s first hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has a wonderful heritage of providing compassionate, clinically excellent health care. Through primary care, pediatrics, dental, vision, health education, behavioral health, and HIV integrated treatments, Mercy Care gives dignity and an identity to its clients.

The Run for Mercy 5K sponsorship packet includes a letter outlining the details, a description of the different sponsorship levels (ranging from $200 - $1,500), and a Sponsorship Commitment Form. Please share the packet with any connections who might be interested in sponsoring. We need your help in reaching our goal of raising $20,000!

Sponsors can submit all information and payments via online registration. For additional information, please contact Ansley (Black) Thompson. We appreciate your help in making this event a great success, and we hope to see you there!

Hunger Walk/Run 2016

The Emory University Department of Medicine raised $3,500 to fight hunger in Atlanta at the Hunger Walk/Run 2016.  The Hunger Walk/Run benefits six local hunger relief organizations that operate and support hundreds of food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, senior centers and child care centers across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

Chairman's Cup Winner

The division with the highest percentage participation wins the coveted Chairman's Cup. Former winners:

2016 - Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
2015 - Division of Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
2014 - Division of Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine 
2013 -
Division of Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine 
2012 - Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics

2016 Division Champions

Cardiology: Drs. Gina Lundberg and Alicia Lyle
Digestive Diseases:
Dr. Field Willingham
Gina Critchet
General Medicine & Geriatrics and Primary Care:
Drs. Maura George and Camille Vaughan
Hospital Medicine:
Drs. Michele Sundar and Jason Velasquez
Infectious Diseases:
Drs. Rachel Friedman-Moraco and Sheena Kandiah
Dr. Sushma Cribbs
Drs. Mitsi Blount and Titi Ilori
Dr. Athan Tiliakos
Drs. Lucas Golub, Andrew Ip, Jo Knapper, Paul McClung, Geoff Southmayd, and Jen Spicer 

Find photos from previous years on the Department of Medicine’s Facebook page!

Open Door Medical Clinic

The Open Door Medical Clinic is in desperate need of additional volunteer physicians on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.  

The Open Door Community, located at 910 Ponce de Leo Avenue, NE, has a weekly evening medical clinic serving the homeless in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as the residents of the Open Door Community.

The clinic has been in operation for several decades and is administrated by Emory medical students. Recently, Emory partnered with St. Joseph's Mercy Care to provide more comprehensive primary care services.

The clinic hours are traditionally from 7 to 9 p.m. Volunteers are also encouraged to eat dinner with the members of the community at 6 p.m. The dinner serves as a wonderful time of fellowship for our providers and community members.

Each clinic session is staffed by the two Emory medical student coordinators, as well as two additional first-year medical student volunteers. The clinical usually sees around a dozen patients per session.

This is a great opportunity to serve the community and provide teaching and mentoring to pre-clinical med students. Malpractice insurance is provided for all Emory physicians volunteering at the Open Door Clinic.

Volunteer physicians are not obligated to commit to any specific number of clinic sessions. Most volunteers serve several times per year but the support is appreciated regardless. Emails are sent to volunteers each month with the open schedule

If you are interested in joining in on this wonderful opportunity, please email Emory medical student clinic coordinator, Maggie To at  

Holiday Toy Drive

The Emory University Division of Cardiology is leading the charge to raise money this holiday season for local children in need. In 2014, we were able to support more than 80 children with more than $10,000 in generous donations from the Emory community. This year we hope to continue the tradition and hope to support at least 80 children in need in the Atlanta area.

Every day, children in Fulton County are thrust into the child welfare system. Many are victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, while others are neglected or abandoned by their own parents. Often these children become the victim of an overburdened system with a complex legal network of lawyers, social workers, and judges who are all too frequently overworked to give thorough, detailed attention to each child.

We are asking for monetary donations to fulfill the items on their wish lists. Please keep in mind that these may be the only gifts that these children receive during the holidays or this year. 

To learn more about the parent organization, CASA, visit their website

2015 Volunteer and Donation Dates

  • Friday, 12/4 - Final date to donate
  • Tuesday, 12/8 - Shopping day Sign up
  • Tuesday, 12/8 - Unload gifts Sign up
  • Wednesday, 12/9 - Sorting and organizing by child Sign up
  • TBD - Delivery to CASA Sign up

Please contact Alicia Lyle, PhD at or 404-727-8556 if you have any questions.

Donate Now

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 for 80 children!


Meals on Wheels

Department of Medicine residents will captain teams on the first Saturday of every month to serve senior citizens meals each month in coordination with Meals on Wheels. Project M-PACT volunteers will serve as drivers to help deliver these much needed meals.

Sign up online for the Saturday of your choice.

Senior Connections also needs volunteers on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month to help prep the meals, although this is not part of the Project M-PACT volunteer opportunity. Click here for more information on volunteering for meal prep. 

The Gateway Clinic

Volunteer physicians needed!

The Gateway Clinic would like to extend an invitation for you to join our team. Our free clinic, located above a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta, is held on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm and is run by Emory University medical school student volunteers. Attending physicians volunteer (1-2) Tuesday evenings per month for approximately three hours. Our doctors works with a CMA, two student volunteers, and a student clinic coordinator to provide care predominately to the homeless men staying at the Gateway House shelter in which the clinic is located. The students do the HPI, PMH, and physical, while a student coordinator records all the information on the clinics EMR. The attending physician is responsible for teaching and interacting with the students during the examination and making the final diagnosis and referrals. The clinic provides invaluable learning experience for the students while simultaneously serving a population of Atlanta in desperate need of health care.

What: The Emory University School of Medicine Student-Run ‘Gateway Clinic’ has a volunteer opportunity for several attending physicians in our ‘after hours’ homeless clinic.

When: (1-2) Tuesday nights per month from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Where: Gateway Clinic, located above the men’s homeless shelter, 275 Pryor Street, downtown Atlanta.

Patient Population: Atlanta’s underserved men & women, male patients are typically staying in the homeless shelter.

Teaching Opportunity: Our attendings supervise and teach medical student volunteers in seeing patients in the clininc. Why: One of our three attendings has accepted a position in Uganda for CDC, creating an opening for an additional attending volunteer.

• Time Commitment: 3-6 hrs per month 
• Record Keeping: All medical records are kept by the medical student volunteers 
• Insurance: Medical insurance is provided free of charge by Mercy Care 
• Parking: secure & free parking is located directly across the street from the clinic

The Gateway Clinic is part of the Mercy Care program which is a member of the St. Joseph’s Health System.  For more information on Mercy Care, which has been serving Atlanta since 1985, please go to 

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Emily Herndon ( or Jesse Codner (

Clarkston Community Health Center

Volunteer physicians needed!

What you will be doing: Short consultations(ideally but not limited to 5-10 min per/ patient) are made based on labs and vitals and medical history provided by patient. We have translators on site. Currently we are able to do basic lab test such as CBC w/diff, CMP w/dif, HbA1c, and Lipid panel. We hope to be able to offer TSH , PSA and Urine analysis soon. We also hope to get a ekg machine donated soon to be used for the appropriate patients.

When: 3 or 6 hour time slots on Sundays between 10am and 3pm once every 3 to 6 months

Where: Clarkston Community Health Center Clinica, 3700 Market St, Building E1, Clarkston, GA 30021

Patient Population: These patients are people that for many reasons do not qualify for health insurance and cannot afford basic care. These are good people and they need our help desperately!

Progress: This clinic is only one month old, and currently only open on Sundays. In the limited time that we have been operational we have already provided care services to close to 200 patients. In future if we get more volunteers and resources perhaps it can be open more days and offer more services. 

What else do we need: If you know of any medical clinics, hospitals, that are getting new medical equipment and/or disposing of old but functional or repairable things please refer them to us. If we can use anything they will get a tax reimbursement receipt and as always our gratitude.

For more information about attending or volunteering for this event please contact Shafaat Alui Khao ( or Keyur Patel (