For more than a decade, the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery has had an ongoing and collaborative relationship with Ypsilanti's HOPE Medical Clinic in helping to provide un- or under-insured patients with free medical specialty care. Over these many years, clinical staff from our department would go to the Ypsilanti clinic facility on a monthly basis to see patients there who had ENT problems or concerns. As the number of patients steadily grew, we realized that our ability to
provide thorough and excellent effectiveness was limited by a lack of on-site resources at HOPE, so Chief Resident Andy Shuman began to organize a plan to have a multispecialty surgical clinic at the Taubman Center on Saturday mornings. Faculty, residents, and ancillary providers from Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech Pathology, and Plastic Surgery have donated their time and expertise on a volunteer basis.
This initiative has been an unparalleled success. While the Taubman Center program is still in its infancy, over 50 patients have been seen in clinic and over 30 have undergone office based procedures including endoscopy, ear procedures, biopsies, and excisions of cancerous lesions. Feedback has been universally positive, indeed offering
various benefits to our health system community. Residents benefit from additional educational opportunities, UMHS volunteers its services to the community at no cost, and needy patients receive point-of-service care from expert providers in an expedient fashion. The future remains bright for continued expansion of this program with more patients, additional surgical specialties, and further capabilities for outpatient procedures.