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 

Hunger Walk

Thank you! 

It was another beautiful day for the Hunger Walk/Run and another great show of support by the DOM for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB)! We raised over $4800 and for every $1 raised, ACFB is able to distribute over $9 in groceries back to the community.

Congratulations to the division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine who won the Chairman’s Cup again this year for the largest percentage of registrants!

Find more photos 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

For several years, the Cardiology Division (and as of 2011, in partnership with DOM) has conducted a holiday toy drive for local children in need through CASA. These children are often victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, while others are neglected or abandoned by their own parents. Often overlooked during the holidays, they spend this time in group homes as a part of the Fulton County child welfare system because they have yet to be placed with foster families.

In 2014, generous donors contributed over $10,000 and we were able to support a total of 84 children ages 1-17!

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 (