Community Service Experience
Participation in a host of community service projects nurtures students’ altruistic nature and provides an alternative educational experience. University-sponsored, student-run, community-based service activities include the Perinatal Project, which provides information concerning well-baby care and prenatal care to women from lower socioeconomic groups.
Students Teaching AIDS to Students (STATS) allows trained medical students to provide sixth- and seventh-graders with information about AIDS. The combined efforts of medical students, faculty, middle school teachers, parents and speakers with AIDS have made STATS a very successful program. The Geriatrics Outreach Program helps prepare students for the challenges and rewards of working with older patients.
Pediatric Outreach Program (POP) matches children in the St. Louis area who are suffering from chronic illnesses and the siblings of these children with big brothers and big sisters from Washington University School of Medicine. Community CPR trains medical students to become instructors in CPR for the medical school curriculum and in the community of St. Louis.
The Mental Health Outreach Program (MHOP) works to increase the awareness of mental health issues among medical students and the general public. The Family Medicine Interest Group works with the local community by providing health screenings and nutritional classes. SPOTS (Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students) is piloted to teach middle school students about the dangers of skin cancer and how to protect themselves from the sun.
A newer group, the Public Health Interest Group (PHIG) is a student organization committed to partnering in the St. Louis community to include health screenings, nutrition outreach and public policy discussions. The Smoking Cessation Project works with the American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking Program and students are trained in counseling smoking cessation groups.