All students entering Wayne State University School of Medicine are required to complete 35 hours of Service Learning, 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).
On completion of the Service Learning activities they have the option to continue in the CoCurricular program.
The co-curricular (service learning) credit 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 recognizes 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.
Credits may be earned through participation in 75 extra hours of activities each Year 1 and Year 2 (150 hours total). Students self-select a program that best fits their interest (LEAD, HuMed, Fabric and ME2) as a focus in which to participate. They attend seminars and volunteer or participate in special projects each academic year.