Medical Service-Learning

The medical service learning program at IU School of Medicine is an essential and stimulating aspect of student education and medical training at all levels. These programs are structured learning experiences that actively engage students, physicians, faculty and community members in a dynamic partnership that intentionally connects community-identified concerns with institutional learning objectives. Each structured learning experience in the medical service learning program must have an identified community partner and need and include pre-experience orientation, service experience and post-experience reflection component.

IU School of Medicine offers three types of community-based learning:

  • Curricular: Structured service-learning experiences are offered through electives, courses and Global Health programs in Kenya, Honduras, Mexico and other locations. Curricular service learning programs may be credit- or non-credit-bearing and included as part of the student’s academic record.
  • Co-curricular: Attending lectures and studying medicine is a fundamental part of the student experience at IU School of Medicine, but future physicians also contribute to local communities through Medical Student Service Learning Group (MSSG) initiatives. These project-based, structured community-service experiences are student-led and align with Systems Based Practice objectives. These experiences generally focus on the arts, community, the elderly, international issues, wellness and youth.
  • Community service/volunteerism: Faculty, staff and students of IU School of Medicine deepen their commitment to civic, corporate and social responsibility by providing direct community service.

Medical Service-Learning connects IU School of Medicine students and community through service. Staff may also consult with faculty and programs about bringing service and engagement to the classroom through partnership resources and community project planning as part of the course design.