Medical Service Learning
Because practicing medicine is more than just diagnosing and treating patients, medical students at the West Lafayette campus—along with all other eight IU School of Medicine locations—are encouraged to engage in medical service-learning experiences as members of the community. Students who participate in these types of projects are able to better understand social and community contexts of healthcare.
West Lafayette has offered a variety of service-learning opportunities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters projects, Bowling for Riley event, a blood drive, Boys and Girls Club of Lafayette partnership, Caregiver Companion work, Diabetes Day and Habitat for Humanity events, H.E.A.R.T. Health Fair, McCutcheon High School Honors Biology Class experience, Purdue Spring Fest, Rainbow Callout, and a Toy Drive.
Other local service-learning programs are available throughout Indiana to advance students’ professional interests. International medical service-learning opportunities are also available and include financial support. Working with underserved populations throughout the world cultivates enhanced social responsibility for future physicians.
Future opportunities at a student-run health clinic in the West Lafayette community may be available. The Health Education, Empowerment, Advocacy, Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T), a sub-committee of the Student Activities Committee, is researching the needs and development potential for a student-run free outreach clinic to serve Greater Lafayette.
To learn more about specific community engagement opportunities and get involved in medical service learning in West Lafayette, contact the West Lafayette Service Learning Coordinator