Medical Service Learning Programs in Bloomington
Medical students in Bloomington collaborate to produce a multifaceted public health fair each spring with support from IU Health, Bloomington Hospital, Indiana University Student Health Center and William Brothers Health Care. The public event, held at the Monroe County Public Library, includes informational and hands-on activities for the public. Other health-related departments and agencies are welcome to attend and participate in this event.
The Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Chapter offers affordable housing to low-income families of Monroe County. In this program, IU School of Medicine-Bloomington medical students work alongside faculty to create a new home for a deserving person or family.
Medical students work with local administrators at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic to establish a cooperative effort for outreach to the Spanish population in Bloomington. Participating students acquire certification as medical Spanish interpreters and assist as interpreters for clinic visits.
The WonderLab Medical Workshop offers children of all ages a chance to learn more about a variety of medical professions. During the annual fall event, IU School of Medicine-Bloomington students host hands-on activities designed to engage students in the medical sciences and spark a passion to learn more about the human body. Workshops include working with a high-tech simulated patient whose internal apparatus can simulate wheezes, coughs, heart murmurs and an irregular heartbeat; exploring a pig’s heart; and practicing sutures on a banana.