Outreach and Community Service
All students at the University of Virginia School of Medicine enroll in the first-year Social Issues in Medicine course. Based on a service-learning model, this course introduces students to the social, cultural, economic and political issues that impact patient care and the health care delivery system. Students attend content talks that inform them about various social issues in medicine, engage in follow-up discussions on themes raised by content talk presenters, complete written reflection assignments, and perform 30 hours of community service.
GSP students praticipate with other medical students in a variety of health screening and education activities in the greater Charlottesville area.
Providing Basic Health Screenings at The Haven:
When possible and an appropriate site is available, Generalist Scholars students perform their community service assignment as a group. They work together as a team or in small groups at a community site to address a particular community need or challenge. In the past, students have done their service at the local shelter for women and at the regional jail. Sites vary from year to year depending on the capacity of a site to utilize student assistance and to supervise them. In some cases, students may work in pairs or teams at several different sites.