Medical Service Learning

Participation in medical service learning programs supplement and enhance medical education with real-world community engagement. All IU School of Medicine students have an opportunity to participate in a broad range of medical service-learning experiences, including curricular and co-curricular programs. As part of the School’s tripartite mission, educators and mentors emphasize a public responsibility for medical students to serve as advocates for the health and well-being of the community.

While each IU School of Medicine campus offers different medical service learning opportunities for the local community, these innovative experiences are part of a larger organization and commitment that encompasses all elements of the School’s medical education program.

Local Programs in Gary

Second-year medical students are asked to review the American Psychological Association’s “Introduction to Mentoring” which establishes the role of a mentor, the stages of mentoring, and etiquette of mentoring, and also provides a list of healthy stress-management techniques. As part of this program for first-year medical students, each mentor (MS2) and mentee (MS1) discuss stress management techniques, study techniques, and general feelings about moving into the next stage of medical school.

First- and second-year students at the Gary campus visit Eads Elementary School in Munster, Indiana, and spoke to classes K-5 on specific topics of interest and need for the school. In a recent academic year, the group focused on the meaning of a disability, some different types of disabilities, and how to treat others who have different needs. Each year the topic may be different, depending on the request and need of the elementary school.

A group of 15 first-year medical students in Gary recently participated in Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, during spring break 2016. Due to a positive experience, IU School of Medicine-Gary plans to continue student participation in this program.