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.


A Lifetime of Service

"Through all of my service projects I have learned and further solidified my life’s work to serve the underserved. I know from mentors who share my mission it is not always the easiest and most glamorous path, but I firmly believe it is the most meaningful pursuit."
Honos Civicus Society Member

Health Impact Partnership

The Health Impact Partnership (HIP) pairs medical students with students at Boston’s English High School to teach leadership and advocacy skills through the lens of public health and medicine.

The Health Impact Partnership (HIP) pairs medical students with students at Boston’s English High School to teach leadership and advocacy skills through the lens of public health and medicine. More>>