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Medical Service Learning

Medical service learning strives to 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 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 students (tomorrow’s physicians) to serve as advocates for the health and well-being of the community.

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

Local Programs

This clinic provides health and dental services to the underserved population of Allen County and 13 other counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Medical students are invited to assist in the clinic as well as serve on committees and provide assistance for the fundraising efforts of the organization.

This nationally recognized regional food bank serves the nine-county northeast Indiana region with a mission to be a dynamic, responsive and charitable leader in the effort to alleviate hunger and its causes in the area. Med students can participate in service-learning opportunities at this site to engage with the community activities and  learn about the needs of the residents of Allen County.

This faith-based, nonprofit organization provides restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crises. Rescue Mission serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. Service learning activities include assisting at the sites that provide housing and nourishment to clients as well as partnering with the fundraising efforts needed for the operations of the program.

This non-profit organization provides compassionate care to alleviate suffering and ensure the quality of life for those affected by serious illness. The Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home provides hospice care in patients’ residences (including nursing homes) or in its Hospice home and also offers a Community Grief Center to serve grieving adults in the community. Medical students can assist with the services provided by the healthcare professionals through the program.

This non-profit organization provides support for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.

This free medical clinic provides care for people who are uninsured and make less than 200% of the poverty level. Medical students are able to assist in the clinic as part of their service-learning opportunities.