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Participants' Responsibilities


  • Provide guidance to the student in their service opportunity search
  • Meet with the student in person once per semester to reflectively discuss volunteer experiences and impact
  • Assist the student in creating a service project plan that enhances existing services and/or fulfills a service need
  • Provide email correspondence to the student during the year as they work through their track experiences (volunteer, clinical and elective)

Student Responsibilities/Timeline

Year One—(or beginning of second year of medical school)

  • Explore your interest through elective courses--(CHO I, II, III) or Global Health Electives (Global Health Issues I, II and Global Health Seminar)
  • Apply for the track
  • Meet with track director to discuss volunteer experiences, track requirements and mentor search
  • Begin volunteer service

Year Two

  • Continued volunteer service (submit volunteer tracking forms, yearly reflections, mentor meeting forms)
  • Meet with mentor to discuss volunteer experiences, assessing needs of service site and possible project focus
  • Consider summer service work through Proteus, MECO or Global Health Program

Year Three

  • Complete Clinical Experience and Elective experiences
  • Continued volunteer service
  • Work with an agency in the community to determine a real need and begin building service project
  • July 15-Final service project proposal due to SDT council for approval (feedback and resubmission possible)
  • September-Notification of "on Track" for graduation with service distinction for MSPE letters

Year Four

  • Fulfill project proposal plan
  • Complete volunteer service hours and reflections
  • Complete clinical or elective experiences
  • Early March—student submits draft of scholarly paper to mentor
  • Early April—coordinator notifies registrar of Service Distinction
  • Early May--Student presents project/paper