There are many ways medical students can choose to 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.

Medical students should keep in mind that our institutional priority is academic excellence as the basis for quality patient care as future doctors. It is important to keep this priority in mind as you make choices about cocurricular activities.

Participation in service and leadership activities will not compensate for low grades and/or board scores as you move on to residency. We deeply appreciate your willingness to extend yourselves to provide service in underserved communities, and we ask you to be mindful and responsible as you make these choices.

Whatever you choose to do, we depend on you to do well and to fulfill your responsibilities. In all of your community service activities, you serve as ambassadors of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, helping to uphold and enhance our institutional reputation. Please keep this in mind in all of your interactions.

Allied United for Health

Medical students provide hands-on health education to school-age children at the Allied Learning Center after-school program, located in a low-income area of Madison. Students also engage in health education with African-American women leaders from this neighborhood.

Doctors Ought to Care (DOC)

Medical students provide hands-on health education to audiences of all ages at local schools and community organizations, from Latina certified nursing assistants to parents and children at the annual Wisconsin Science Festival. Common topics include anatomy, nutrition and exercise.

Mentorship Achievement Program (MAP)

MAP matches medical and pharmacy students with at-risk middle school students for a one-year mentorship. Students serve as role models, offering support and encouragement for these young people through one-one-one connections. Multiple group activities, such as movie nights, holiday cookie decorating and attendance at a UW sporting event, give mentees and mentors more chances to spend time together.

The hallmark group event is “Take Your Mentee to School Day,” when the middle school mentees join medical and pharmacy students at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the end of the school year for a day of fun educational activities such as a MedFlight tour and more.

MEDiC Student-Run Free Clinics

Established in 1990, MEDiC is a student-led organization that runs seven 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison health professions students. Clinics occur in the evening and on weekends, in places like homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities. One medical clinic serves an especially diverse immigrant population. 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.

Medical Students Offering Maternal Support (MOMS)

Medical students offer social and emotional support to pregnant women while enjoying a unique opportunity to learn about pregnancy and birth from a patient’s perspective. Students are matched with pregnant women, attend prenatal appointments and are present at labor and delivery.