Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program


Coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and the MassAHEC Network, 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, offer employment opportunities for medical students, and provide community based organizations with needed staffing and services. 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 (see sidebar on the left) to give you a sense of the types of placements and projects that are possible.  Questions to guide reflection for essays can be found here. Student directions for completing posters can be found here.

You can download, complete and submit an application via email. Completed applications are due March 7, 2014 to

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. 

 Fundnig for this program in 2014 comes from the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, the MassAHEC Network and a HRSA Predoctoral Education grant. 

Summer Assistantship schedule for 2014:





Mtg 1-Required: Orientation/logistics

Tuesday, May 6


FMCH Library, Benedict A3-179

Learning goals due

Saturday, May 31

5:00 pm

send to 

Mtg 2:Organizational mission

Tuesday, June 10


FMCH Library, Benedict A3-179

Mtg 3: Lessons learned

Friday, June 27


FMCH Library, Benedict A3-179

Mtg 4: Looking forward

Monday, July 21


FMCH Library, Benedict A3-179

Mtg 5 Required: Final reflection w/ potluck

Wed, August 6


Center for Applied Nutrition Test Kitchen, Shaw Bldg.

Poster files due (24”x36”)

Friday, August 8

5:00 pm

send to

Required: Poster Session

Friday, August 15


Medical school lobby

FYI:  Second year classes start August 7.