Required service learning for medical students: Program description and student response

Citation
Ms. Burrows et al., Required service learning for medical students: Program description and student response, TEACH L MED, 11(4), 1999, pp. 223-231
Citations number
19
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1040-1334 → ACNP
Volume
11
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
223 - 231
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-1334(199923)11:4<223:RSLFMS>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
Background: Medical schools are in the process of examining their roles in training and preparing medical students for the changing world of health ca re. Many institutions are searching for ways to help promote positive relat ions between medical schools and the communities they serve. A form of expe riential pedagogy called service learning is one way to accomplish such goa ls. Description: Tulane University School of Medicine implemented a required 20 hr of service learning for freshman medical students as part of an interdi sciplinary longitudinal course, Foundations in Medicine. Evaluation: Community service hours and projects performed were tabulated o ver 3 years. A qualitative description of student feedback was undertaken. Conclusion: The program demonstrates that requiring service learning is acc eptable to students, the medical school, and the community. The results sho w that required service learning has at least a short-term beneficial impac t on students.