BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson TotShots clinic is a student-developed, student-directed free clinic that provides sports physicals and vaccines to uninsured pediatric patients in Tucson, Arizona. TotShots runs under the greater umbrella of the Commitment to Underserved People Program, which aims to teach medical students how socioeconomic and cultural factors impact health and access to health care. Our objective was to study cost savings and patient satisfaction of this clinic. METHODS: Value of care provided through sports physicals and vaccine administration was calculated using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Fee Schedule and Centers for Disease Control Vaccines for Children Decisions Analysis Model. In addition, patient satisfaction was measured through the utilization of an optional three-question survey completed by patients in their preferred language at the resolution of their visit. Vaccines and sports physicals were administered from April 2017 to November 2017. RESULTS: TotShots administered 51 vaccines and completed 115 sports physicals resulting in a value of $415.65 of administration fees and $5,878.80 of sports physical examinations. Sixty-three of 66 total patients completed patient satisfaction surveys. Of those patients, 57 (90.5%) were highly satisfied with their provider's communication, 58 (92%) rated their perception of the quality of medical care they received as excellent, and 54 (85.7%) of patients were highly satisfied with their overall TotShots experience. CONCLUSIONS: TotShots fills a valuable role in increasing access to vaccines and sports physicals while maintaining high patient satisfaction and high value of cost savings.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Family Practice