Community engagement - service learning
A culture of service and care that sets you apart
The Wayne State University School of Medicine provides a distinct advantage that sets you apart from your peers at other colleges. Service to the people of Detroit is woven into every facet of WSU, including the medical education curriculum. Our award-winning community engagement and service learning-focused curriculum is unparalleled in the United States in size, opportunity and scope. Our students serve at more than 70 clinical sites and nearly 100 community-based mentoring and outreach locations, and participate in a growing number of public health policy and advocacy opportunities.
The service learning credit program is part of the Patient, Population, Physician and Professional (P4) program and was initiated in 2018. The CoCurricular program was initiated in the fall of 1998 in response to the extraordinary service investment that Wayne State University School of Medicine students have historically made to the Detroit Metropolitan area. The program recognized those students who have dedicated themselves to building partnerships with surrounding communities through a variety of sponsored outreach and volunteer activities. Students acquire a greater understanding of human needs, concerns, interests, and values through their participation in these programs, learning to interact with area residents by providing services in their communities. In order to participate, students must be in academic good standing. This Program which was a year 4 elective is being replace with a Community Engagement elective starting fall 2018
In 2016, Year 1 and Year 2 medical students completed more than 34,000 hours of community service, underscoring WSU's commitment to those outside campus borders. Co-Curricular Login & Hour Reporting
Our service-learning program compliments our mission to provide local investment in the Detroit community while preparing future physicians to care for the medical and emotional needs of diverse patient populations.
All students entering Wayne State University School of Medicine are required to complete 35 hours of Service Learning to acquire an understanding of, and collaborate with, Detroit's vulnerable population. This is a component of the Patient, Population and Physician (P3) course. Each assigned anatomy table team of six students are assigned to a clinic (10 hours), work on a project together (10 hours). They self-select to attend seminars, journal club and reflection sessions (5 hours), and complete mentoring outreach (10 hours).
All students entering Wayne State University School of Medicine are required to complete 35 hours of service learning to acquire an understanding of, and collaborate with, Detroit's vulnerable population. This is a component of the Patient, Population Physician and Professionalism (P4) course. Each assigned anatomy table team of six students are assigned to a an extended care facility (10 clinic hours), work on a falls prevention project together (10 hours). They attend seminars, and reflection sessions (5 hours), and complete mentoring outreach (10 hours).
Community Engagement Clinical and Outreach Locations
Wayne State University's Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP) is just one example of how Wayne State Warriors are making a difference in Detroit and beyond. View clinical and outreach locations on map.