Community Service Learning

CSL sharewood project in chinatown

Sharewood students at the Oak Street Fair in Chinatown

The Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning (CSL) program stems from the firm belief that the role of physicians extends beyond the clinic and hospital walls and that future physicians benefit enormously from firsthand experience working in the community.

Taking a role within community organizations as collaborators, mentors, and educators, medical students will more fully recognize their social responsibility as physicians. These experiences enable students to learn more about healthcare disparities, gain exposure to a diverse range of patient populations locally and globally, and hone crucial clinical, communication, organization, and teamwork skills that will benefit their future work as physicians.

The program is led by Course Co-Directors Dr. Mark Pearlmutter, M84, Dr. Laurel Leslie, MD, MPH, and a part-time CSL Coordinator, Jen Greer-Morrissey. 

This work is supported in part by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. All Tufts students are part of this unique college that works across Tufts schools to prepare students from every field to be lifelong active citizens. Collaborating with Tufts schools, departments, and student groups, Tisch College develops students’ knowledge, skills and experiences, helping them identify and implement solutions to complex social problems.

Current TUSM students should refer to the TUSK CSL Course website for the most up-to-date CSL information, forms, and policies.

Focus on Community

Tufts University School of Medicine students at the Sharewood Project at the First Church of Malden.

A hallmark of the profession of medicine is providing service not just to individual patients but to the community at large. Community Service Learning has been a component of the MD curriculum for TUSM students for more than a decade.