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Sun Journal features student-run Community Clinic at Lewiston campus

Photo by Sun Journal photographer Daryn Slover at community clinic

A new feature story in the Sun Journal examines the just-opened community clinic at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

Reporter Kathryn Skelton talked with the mom of a child at the clinic, some of the Master’s in Occupational Therapy students who run the facility and Mary Anderson, the clinic's coordinator and a lecturer in the MOT program.

The story ran with the headline, “New USM LAC student-run clinic offers free occupational therapy; they learn, you benefit.”

“For my students, the benefit is definitely the experiential learning, the hands-on, learning, that piece of rapport,” Anderson told Skelton. “How do I develop rapport with a little one, how do I develop rapport with parents, and then really implementing the knowledge we’ve taught them in the classroom, really getting to put that into practice. Plus, I think it’s going to make them more marketable out there (on the job market).”

In a year’s time, Anderson hopes to see the clinic open 40 hours a week with clients on both sides the whole time, she told Skelton.

The story was accompanied by images from staff photographer Daryn Slover.