Program Overview

Active citizenship and community service are defining qualities of Tufts University School of Medicine. All medical students are required to complete a community service experience during their tenure at TUSM.

Through the Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning (Tisch & TUSM CSL) program, students serve in a community with the goal of improving their communication, organization, and teamwork skills. Students integrate and apply medical knowledge and clinical skills in ways that benefit the community while also developing their understanding of health disparities, public health issues, diverse cultures, and other issues important to the host community.

Program Elements

  • As a TUSM MD student, you must complete a CSL project that is comprised of at least 50 hours of service before the beginning of your 3rd year Clerkships.
  • Many of our core CSL programs follow the academic year, starting in the fall and ending in the spring. However, you can also choose a project that starts mid-year, during the summer, or at any other time that suits a partner organization’s needs. 
  • You can join a TUSM-based program or work independently at a community partner of your choosing.
  • The Tisch CSL program also includes online case modules to prepare you for your work in the community, participation in CSL Small Groups for discussion with your peers, and a final reflection synthesizing your CSL experience.
  • You can receive guidance and support from the CSL Coordinator, CSL Peer Facilitators, the CSL Course Directors, and CSL Faculty Reviewers throughout your CSL experience.

Current Students: Please visit the TUSK CSL Course Page for the more information about selecting, tracking, or completing your Tisch CSL experience.


"I firmly believe that being a physician and a community leader go hand in hand.  Thanks to my CSL experience, I have the tools necessary to employ that philosophy in my future."
Honos Civicus Society Member

Crews'N Healthmobile

Four M17 students participated in an alternative Spring Break trip and worked on the Crews’n Healthmobile, a medical mobile van, and at a clinic at UMOM, Arizona’s largest family homeless shelter.

Four M17s were inspired after reading Ask Me Why I Hurt, a memoir chronicling Dr. Randy Christensen’s life and career providing access to medical and mental health care to homeless and at-risk children and young adults in Phoenix, AZ. The students worked on the Crews’n Healthmobile, a medical mobile van, and at a clinic at UMOM, Arizona’s largest family homeless shelter.