FAQ

Photo of Q Clinic students and doctors at clinic

FOR PATIENTS

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?
No. Q Clinic has free walk-in hours between 6pm-7:30pm every Wednesday at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. You can always call us in advance (347-565-5042) to let us know you’re coming – however most patients just walk in.

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. When you arrive, call us at 347-565-5042, and we’ll come down to meet you. You can also call/text/e-mail in advance and we can come up with a solution that works for you.

Front Desk
When you come to clinic, you’ll be met by our friendly front desk medical student. If you have any questions in advance of your visit, feel free to call or text us at 347-565-5042.

FOR STUDENTS

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 qclinic@columbia.edu 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.