Chicago - Externships
2757 South Keeler
Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the agency provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth. Now, Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention education programs.
Project VIDA offers individual and group services for adults (25 & up) living with HIV/AIDS. The program offers workshops focusing on prevention related topics for those living with HIV/AIDS to encourage healthier lifestyles. Also support groups that help reinforce coping skills, decrease psycho-social stress associated with living with HIV/AIDS. Also, there are individual (prevention/risk reduction) counseling sessions offered for a more personal one on one discussion. All services are offered in English and Spanish.
Pacific College is thrilled to be collaborating with Project VIDA to expand their existing Chinese Medicine services to patients. The shift is supervised by Andrew Gorecki, M.S., L.Ac. who has 20 years experience as a professional acupuncturist. Andrew's specialties include the treatment of HIV/AIDS and chemical substance abuse/dependence related symptoms. He is also a Certified Addictions and Drug Counselor. He has been providing Chinese Medicine to patients at Project Vida since 1996 and we are delighted he has become a part of the PCOM staff of supervisors!
Types of Patients: People infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
Chicago Women's Health Center
3435 North Sheffield Avenue
Located blocks away from Pacific College, Chicago Women's Health Center provides PCOM students with the opportunity to experience clinic in a unique health care setting: Chicago Women's Health Center's mission is "to facilitate the empowerment of women by providing access to gynecological health care, alternative insemination, health education, and counseling services in a respectful environment where women pay what they can afford." Acupuncture services include the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to: Women's Health Issues such as fibroids, irregular menstrual cycles, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, fertility, and more.
In addition to the regular duties each student experiences as a clinic participant, they will also have the opportunity to learn about business functions of the clinic. Students will schedule patient appointments, take payment, check inventory and answer incoming calls. This experience is invaluable to any future practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
Types of Patients: female only with a strong emphasis on gynecological conditions