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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 222-227

Community Service, Learning and the Medical Student

West Virginia University School of Medicine, USA

Correspondence Address:
Norman D Ferrari
Associate Dean of Student Services and Academic Progress, West Virginia University School of Medicine, PO Box 9111, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV 26506
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Context: Medical students need learning experiences outside the classroom, clinic room and hospital room if they are to become integral parts of the communities in which they will practice medicine. Service-learning incorporated into the traditional medical school curriculum can provide a vehicle to accomplish this goal, and provide an avenue to enhance the professional development of the physician in training. Methods: This paper describes efforts to incorporate community service and servicelearning into a traditional medical school curriculum. The unique nature of our location in a rural state with several required rural rotations with our local community partners has facilitated this effort. Conclusion: Incorporation of service-learning into a medical curriculum can be accomplished and will enhance the professional development of the students.

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