There are many ways medical students can become involved in community service at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While some of the programs focus on providing opportunities for medical students, others are interprofessional in nature and are open to students from multiple health professions programs. Our students are committed to staying engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Student leaders are working on creative changes to programs in order to stay connected from a distance.
Supporting our communities during COVID-19
Thank you for the overwhelming support and willingness to volunteer in our communities during this historic time. It is incredible to see so many of our students stepping up to help.
Please remember that these activities are all voluntary and to use caution to fully implement required public health measures such as masking, physical distancing and good hand hygiene with any volunteer opportunities.
Allied United for Health
During COVID, Allied United for Health programming will be virtual. Medical students will engage in virtual health education with the kids at the Allied Drive Learning Center, and with the Welcomers. When in-person programming is safe, Allied United for Health looks forward to being back in these spaces.
Doctors Ought to Care (DOC)
During COVID, medical students will provide virtual health education. through videos and virtual talks to classrooms. When it is safe to do so, DOC will return to in-person, hands-on health education.
Mentorship Achievement Program (MAP)
MAP matches medical and pharmacy students with middle school students in need of a little extra support for a one-year mentorship. Students serve as role models, offering encouragement to these young people from O'Keefe Middle School. During COVID, group activities will be virtual, such as talent shows and trivia contests. Once it is safe to do so, MAP looks forward to resuming in-person activities, including Take Your Mentee to School Day. MAP also hopes to expand to a second middle school in the future.
MEDiC student-run free clinics
Established in 1990, MEDiC is a student-led organization that runs free health clinics throughout the Madison area. MEDiC aims to improve the health of the underserved in the Madison area while also enhancing the education of UW School of Medicine and Public Health health professions students. Volunteer physicians and other health professionals guide and supervise students. MEDiC was recognized by President Obama with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2011.
Currently during COVID, in-person clinics are closed. MEDiC is providing limited telehealth services and finding other creative ways to meet the needs of underserved populations.
Medical Students Offering Maternal Support (MOMS)
Medical students offer social and emotional support to pregnant women. During COVID, this will primarily be by phone, and the support will extend to the postpartum period. When it is safe to do so again, MOMS looks forward to resuming in-person support and student assistance at prenatal care appointments and deliveries.