Frequently Asked Questions


  • Where is the clinic?
  • What other services does LionCare provide?
    • We are also involved in health education, producing health awareness presentations and patient information bulletins. Educational information regarding women's health issues and parenting skills are provided to patients both at the time of visit and through educational talks given at the shelters.
  • What are the goals of LionCare?
    • To be committed to the improvement of healthcare and its delivery to our underserved community, with specific commitment to the transient and uninsured populations found within the South-Central region of Pennsylvania.
    • To promote awareness and concern for the needs of the medically underserved. The homeless population provides an invaluable chance to witness poverty medicine, a specialty in its own right, in action. Providing free services to the uninsured, frequently untreated and transient, homeless population can be a very challenging, but extremely rewarding, experience.
    • To provide clinical experience for students during their pre-clinical and clinical years of medical school. Volunteering with our student clinic is a great way to establish basic skills, such as taking blood pressure and checking other vital signs, checking blood glucose levels, and performing a complete history and physical (H&P).
  • What is the patient population like at LionCare?
    • Among the patient population seen at our clinic, there is a high incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, STD's, mental disorders, and many chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus.
  • Who can volunteer?
    • All medical students at Penn State College of Medicine are encouraged to volunteer. Physicians who wish to contribute to the effort are also welcome.
  • Where/When to sign up?
  • Do first-year/second-year students know enough to see patients?
    • Every first-year student is paired with a second-year student and is under supervision of an attending physician. This is an opportunity for first-years to practice newly learned interviewing skills and for second-years to review. The attending physician supervises and ensures that proper patient care is provided. For more information on the student's role at the clinic, please visit our Patient Information page.
  • Are male students limited to volunteering at General Clinic and females at Women's Clinic?
    • No, students are encouraged to volunteer at both clinics regardless of gender.