Do I need insurance to receive medical care?
No ID or insurance is needed for you to see our providers at Q Clinic! We also offer free laboratory tests and free/subsidized medications.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. In the past, Q Clinic has done walk-ins but due to the COVID-19 pandemic all patients must have an appointment. Currently, we are seeing patients over telehealth and, on a case-by-case basis, in person. Please call us at least 2 weeks in advance at (347-565-5042) to make an appointment!
Do I have to be LGBTQ+ to come to Q Clinic?
We welcome patients of all gender identity and sexual orientation. While the majority of our patients do identify as LGBTQ+, many people who come to see us are not LGBTQ+. We will see any patient that walks in our door and are excited to work with you, no matter your background.
I don’t like going to the doctor. What should I do?
Q Clinic offers a friendly and safe space where we will listen to your concerns and work with you. Our teams of medical students are passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ and underserved community, and supervising physicians have years of experience volunteering with free clinics. We invite you to visit us during clinic hours!
I can’t climb stairs – can I still come to Q Clinic?
Unfortunately, Q is located on the third floor of our building and there is not an elevator. However, if you come to clinic, we do have a small space where we can talk to you on the first floor in Sylvia’s Place, MCCNY’s partner shelter. You can call/text/e-mail in advance and we can come up with a solution that works for you.
How can I volunteer with Q Clinic?
If you are a first-year Columbia medical student, our annual recruitment takes place at the beginning of the school year. Come find us in P&S Club Fair, all-clinic information session, and the Q clinic meet-and-greet! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
If you are a senior medical student, please email firstname.lastname@example.org about working at Q as a clinical student. Also watch out for our recruitment emails during the year.
If you are a student enrolled in other programs at Columbia University, please email us with your background and interests.
How can Q Clinic prepare me for serving patients identified as LGBTQ+?
We offer sensitivity training to all our medical students, who also learn a tremendous amount by seeing patients in our clinic. Q Clinic also organizes educational events on the medical campus about LGBTQ+, and all are welcome to attend.