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Service Learning Requirement - Shared Discovery Curriculum

The SCRIPT competencies, the land-grant mission of Michigan State University and the “Serving the People” focus of the College of Human Medicine all provide the context within which this new requirement was mandated by the Curriculum Committee. In addition, the LCME has created a Standard on Service Learning. It states that “medical schools should make available sufficient opportunities for medical students to participate in service-learning activities, and should encourage and support student participation.” It further annotates and defines “service learning” as “a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection” and that “students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens and professionals.”

Service Learning may span all four years of the college curriculum. Students will participate in 40 hours of a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. 40 hours of service may be performed over the course of the student’s time in medical school and may involve more than one project or organization. The deadline for completing the Service Learning requirement for students is the semester prior to the student’s intended semester of graduation. Students must meet this deadline in order to be certified to participate in the National Residency Matching Program.

An overview of the Service Learning Requirement can be found in the Shared Discovery Curriculum Student Guidebook and in the Student Manual for Assessment and Promotion.

Students must request approval for all service projects prior to performing service by completion of the form through the Service Learning Experience Form.

Service Opportunities 

A list of service opportunities in your community can be found here.

Protocol for Service Learning Requirement
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