Students remain with their Community-Engaged Learning initiative for four years. This allows for both a cumulative impact that students can see, and a depth of expertise in the area that would not otherwise be practical.

  • In M1 and M2 years, students serve for about 15 hours each year.
  • In the M1 year, students complete two hours of eLearning in Followership, Leadership and Systems Thinking.
  • Typically, in M2 year, students have training that focuses on their service pathway. For example, in nutrition and exercise, there is an eLearning curriculum that is part of a nutrition certification.
  • Students are mentored by both faculty and more senior students. We often find M2 students leading M1 students in projects, which makes sense because they know the ropes.
  • The demanding requirements of clerkships often result in limited participation
    for M3s, but M3s have opportunities to mentor M1 and M2 students on their
  • In M4 year, students focus on Capstone research, presenting on that research
    in April.

Community-Engaged Learning Goals

We will change our community

Through their service, our students will make a tangible difference in the priority needs of our community.

Our students will grow

After participating in our service learning experiences, our graduates will exemplify:

  • Community obligation and responsibility. They will live out a well-defined sense of community understanding, community responsibility and community leadership reflected in their choices, future plans and stated values.
  • Human compassion.They will demonstrate humanistic compassion for the people with whom they interact.
  • A value for interdisciplinary problem solving. They will value and demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary approaches to solving the health challenges of their communities.
  • Skills to investigate and meaningfully address problems. They will be skilled at investigating, meaningfully engaging and responding to the health needs of their communities.

Our students' residency applications will be strong

Through the pathway-specific instruction and qualifications, our students will gain expertise in the disciplines associated with the pathway, and in most cases receive formal qualifications or certifications.