Community Service Learning

Team Cathedral students with Cathedral High School athletes.

Team Cathedral medical students with Cathedral High School athletes.

The Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning (Tisch &TUSM CSL) program stems from the firm belief that physicians have a social responsibility that extends beyond the clinic and hospital walls.

In preparation for their role as both care providers and community leaders, medical students work directly with community organizations as collaborators, mentors, and educators. These firsthand 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 D. Pearlmutter, M84, Dr. Carolyn Rubin, Ed.D., and our part-time CSL Coordinator, Jen Greer-Morrissey.

This work is supported in part by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. 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 Tisch & TUSM CSL Program information, forms, and policies.

Stories from the Shadows

Stories from the Shadows book cover

The incoming class of M20 students will be reading Stories from the Shadows by James J. O'Connell, MD, a collection of essays from his 30 years of providing care to homeless persons in Boston.

Faculty Recognized for Service Learning

Dr. Mark Pearlmutter stopped by to visit Dr. Shirley Gonzalez on a Saturday morning TEEENĀ® session at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center to check out the program in action.

Dr. Shirley Gonzalez and Dr. Mark Pearlmutter were recognized recently for their contributions to service learning in medical education. More »

Focus on Community

TUSM students caring for Tenant Square residents.

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

Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

In 2013-2014, the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement awarded more than $15,000 to individual students and student organizations in support of events promoting active citizenship and community engagement. TUSM students received funding for a variety of programs including Advancing Care Together, Crews’n Health Mobile Training Wheels, Health Impact Partnership, IDEAS in Medicine, Jumbo’s Kitchen, Team Cathedral Project, and World AIDS Month at Tufts. More »