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Our Mission


Shade Tree Clinic is a
FREE health clinic run by
Vanderbilt medical students.
We strive to be the
medical home for many Nashville residents
with limited resources by providing exemplary care
for acute & chronic illnesses,
social services,
and health education.
Since 2004, Vanderbilt's medical students have played a pivotal role in creating and expanding an extraordinary primary care medical home for hundreds of patients in Middle Tennessee. Through the Shade Tree Clinic, medical and nursing students from Vanderbilt and Meharry are able to enhance their medical education via practical "hands-on" experience, while simultaneously providing important healthcare and social services to a neighborhood in need.

Shade Tree's success depends on the generosity of our donors, the support of Vanderbilt, the passion of our volunteers, and the receptivity of the community and patients to accept our assistance. It takes a team to succeed, and we are confident that we are succeeding.