Medical students play a key role in improving the health of patients and their communities. Active participation in experiences that focus on community needs provide critical opportunities to understand the effects of the environment on patient wellbeing, reflect on one’s role in society, apply skills and knowledge gained in medical school, and develop of a sense of caring for others. Further, service learning provides students a means to demonstrate altruism and their sense of duty (COM Program Objective 5.0).
The COM Curriculum Committee requires students to report on the service learning/community service activities in which they have participated on an annual basis. Collection of this information is not only necessary to meet accreditation requirements but will be provided to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for inclusion in your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and may be used for additional recognition.
Service-learning activities are those that are intended to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve problems related to their needs. Activities to report include those sponsored by UNMC/COM organizations or undertaken independently. They may or may not involve direct patient care.
Students are required to complete the service-learning requirement checklist in OASIS. Service-learning activities may be logged as they occur. As a reminder, annual reporting of service learning/community service activities is a graduation requirement.