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.
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 middle school students at two schools for one-year. Students serve as role models, offering support and encouragement for these young people. Multiple group activities at the schools, such as board games and holiday cookie decorating, give mentees and mentors opportunities 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 six 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.