Coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, the Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program offers rising second-year medical students the opportunity to work in a wide variety of community-based health, educational and human service organizations through the Commonwealth during the summer months.
The main goals of the program are to provide unique service-learning experiences for future physicians, help students understand the connection between an individual’s health and a community’s health, enhance students’ understanding of community health care problems and needs of underserved populations, and to offer employment opportunities for medical studentsthat enhance their connections with and understanding of community based organizations. For the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the program establishes and strengthens relationships with community-based health, education and human service organizations that work with underserved populations across the state.
Click here for the Summer Assistantship information sheet for students. This sheet explains the structure of the program and the expectations we hold for student participants, which include particiaption in regular reflective discussion sessions, completion of a reflection journal and creation of an informational poster, to be displayed at the Summer Student Poster Session along with those completed by students in the summer research assistantship program.
The 2013 Summer Service Learning Assistantship Posters are available for viewing online to give you asense of the types of placements and projects that are possible.
Interested students can download, complete and submit an application via email. Completed applications are due March 7, 2014 to Heather-Lyn.Haley@umassmed.edu .
Past placement sites include: Ecotarium, AIDS Project Worcester, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brimfield Family Health Care, Elder Services of Worcester, Habitat for Humanity, the UMass Center for the Advancement of Primary Care, the Worcester Department of Public Health, the North Quabbin Community Coalition, the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center, and many others. Feel free to suggest a site not listed; we encourage you to talk with Dr. Haley or Cashman as you consider possible options.