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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 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.

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

The Mollie R Wheat Memorial Clinic is a student-run free health and wellness clinic serves anyone in the community of Terre Haute and surrounding communities. The project was started with the vision of helping people without medical insurance or under-insured. Medical students as well as undergraduate health professions students operate the clinic under the supervision of volunteering physicians. The clinic is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 8 am until noon.

This local charity provides after-school services to at-risk youth by providing games and activities, homework help, meals, and care to the children who attend. IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute medical students and Ryves Hall have developed a relationship to mentor participating youth and expose them to the fundamentals of science in an entertaining manner. Science Club is not just another activity at Ryves; it is a way to promote an interest in science, academic success, and health and wellness. Medical students in Terre Haute who participate in this program help these youth to develop inquisitive minds and the desire to become successful students.