Saint Louis University

ST. LOUIS - Each Saturday, Saint Louis University medical school students volunteer their time at the Health Resource Center (HRC), a clinic that provides care to north St. Louis residents who lack access to medical treatment. All services are provided free of charge, however the clinic cannot run without funds.

A Golden Retriever puppy will be auctioned to benefit the HRC.

Student volunteers are hosting their annual auction on Saturday, April 13 to help raise money for the HRC's annual operating budget.

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. in the Allied Health Building, 3437 Caroline Mall on Saint Louis University's medical center campus.

Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on items including tickets to Disney World, green seats at a Cardinals game, kitchen/bathroom remodel by Graniterra, a signed basketball by the A-10 Championship Billikens basketball team and a Golden Retriever puppy.

The annual auction is the only fundraiser benefiting the HRC and is the main source of funds, which are used to purchase vaccines, equipment and other medical supplies. Last year's auction raised more than $47,000, covering roughly 90 percent of the clinic's expenses.

General admission tickets for the auction are $55. VIP tables for eight are $520 and include VIP seating at the live auction and personal service of dinner and drinks to your table. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit

One of only a handful of student-run health clinics in the United States, the Health Resource Center combines the talents of students and faculty to offer free health care services to residents of one of the poorest sections of St. Louis. While the clinic offers a benefit to the community, it also benefits the students. For many, the experience is their first introduction to real clinical work.

"It is such a rewarding experience to be able to apply the skills I learn in medical school to real life situations while also serving those in my community," said Sara Smith, a second-year medical student at SLU and student coordinator for this year's auction.

"It is opportunities like this that add experience and meaning to my medical education."

Students in their first two years at Saint Louis University School of Medicine generally take patient histories and check vital signs. Third- or fourth-year medical students conduct physical exams while a volunteer faculty member at the clinic reviews cases, answers questions and prescribes medications.

"The HRC has now been a part of our medical school for 20 years, and the students really appreciate the numerous opportunities it provides. Service is such an important part of the atmosphere here at SLU. We hope to continue the tradition of the HRC for many more years to come," Smith adds.

For more information about how to support the Health Resource Center, contact auction co-chairperson Sara Smith at

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, cancer, heart/lung disease and aging and brain disease.