Utilization of Corticosteroid Injections in a Student-Run Free Clinic Setting

  • Niket Todi Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Sonia Sajja Eastern Virginia Medical School


Uninsured patients face obstacles when attempting to treat orthopedic chronic pain conditions. The implementation of a corticosteroid injection program offers pain relief to the uninsured patients seen at the Orthopedics Clinic of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s H.O.P.E.S. (Health Outreach Partnership of EVMS Students) Clinic. Though surgery is often necessary to cure these patients’ pain, the injections help improve the patients’ quality of life. Additionally, this program provides students a unique learning opportunity to thoroughly evaluate these patients and to better their clinical skills. The implementation of this program demonstrates the role that student-run free clinics can play in helping manage chronic pain and can serve as a model for other clinics.

Author Biographies

Niket Todi, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Niket Todi is a member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Class of 2018. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Political and Social Thought. During his college career, he studied acute myeloid leukemia as well as type II diabetes at the University of Virginia Medical School. In medical school, he participates actively in community medicine programs and was the Orthopedics Clinic Coordinator of the H.O.P.E.S. clinic. He is also on the executive board for the EVMS Orthopedics Interest Club. After obtaining his M.D., he plans to pursue a career in orthopedics.

Sonia Sajja, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Sonia Sajja is a member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Class of 2018. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology. During this time, she worked in a developmental biology lab studying Drosophila. At EVMS, she served as one of the Co-Directors of the EVMS student-run free clinic HOPES. She also served as the Co-Director for Beyond Clinic Walls, a community service program providing compassionate care for aging seniors. Her medical interests include geriatrics and internal medicine.


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How to Cite
Todi, N., & Sajja, S. (2017). Utilization of Corticosteroid Injections in a Student-Run Free Clinic Setting. Free Clinic Research Collective, 2(1). Retrieved from http://www.themspress.org/journal/index.php/freeclinic/article/view/203
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