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How Can Poverty Impact Healthcare? Med Students Get a Glimpse


Waiting in line at a soup kitchen or riding a bus may not be typical medical school curriculum, but that's exactly what some med students did last week.
 
More than 20 medical students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine gather in the kitchen of the RJ Montgomery homeless shelter on Sierra Madre.
 
They're weary after spending the night sleeping on the floor at Springs Rescue Mission, another agency in town. They haven't showered.
 
They gather in small groups to look over their assignments for the day.
 
Tyler Reinking, Alicia Paredes, and Dr. Heather Cassidy are one group. They're assigned the scenario of Amanda.
 
"Amanda" is 19 years old. She can't go home because of abuse, and she thinks she's four months pregnant. She doesn't have a phone or a car. She has $10.62 in her pocket. She's unemployed and sleeping in an abandoned building with her 17-year-old boyfriend.