Student Leadership

TUSM offers a range of leadership opportunities that help students maximize their ability to make a positive impact on communities. There are a variety of resources for students whose commitment to service far exceeds the expectations of the curricular requirement.  Below are a few examples, and students are also encouraged to consult with the CSL Coordinator for additional advisement. In addition to leadership roles within our TUSM-based organizations, students can become involved in the following programs:

Opportunities

Peer Facilitators

Through the Peer Facilitator program, second year medical students provide guidance to first year students as they explore the Tisch College and Tufts University School of Medicine Community Service Learning (Tisch CSL) curriculum. Facilitators are resources for questions about CSL and trouble-shooting issues with projects, as well as being leaders in CSL Small Group discussions.

Tisch Summer Fellowship Program

The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) program is an opportunity for Tufts students to gain real-world skills, grow their networks, and explore career paths while building stronger communities on a local, national or international level. TSF fellowships are available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. Students can choose from fellowship opportunities in New York City and Boston, or they can propose self-directed group projects focused on active citizenship in an international setting. Find out more >>

Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement Fund (Tisch Fund) provides advising and modest financial support for Tufts medical students during the academic year to undertake innovative, active citizenship projects locally and abroad. Find out more>>

Tufts Student Service Scholars Program

The mission of the Tufts Student Service Scholars Program is to develop physician-leaders and scholars with the mission, vision, and ability to transform healthcare in partnership with communities," as well as equip students with the tools to help patients overcome barriers to health. Participating students meet monthly meet monthly to discuss topics such as cultural competency and physician wellness and are paired with experienced mentors in local communities in underserved, urban areas.

The Schweitzer Fellowship

The Mission Statement of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is “to develop Leaders in Service: individuals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.” With a small stipend, Tufts Schweitzer Fellows design and implement service projects that address social determinants of health in medically underserved communities. Find out more>>

Tisch Active Citizenship Concentration Program

TUSM has partnered with Tufts' Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a national leader in civic education, to provide the Active Citizenship Concentration Program (ACP). ACP allows medical students to interrupt the regular curriculum to pursue an experience in active citizenship as it relates to the practice of medicine either abroad or in the U.S. ACP is designed to allow students with clinical experience to pursue full-time volunteer work in an underserved area. Find out more>>

Additional Resources

Tufts Community Service Learning endeavors have enjoyed support from Student Council Awards, and Alumni Council Awards.  Current students wishing to learn more about these funding opportunities should visit the CSL Course Page on TUSK under "Funding Opportunities and Additional Resources."

Recogniton & Awards

Honos Civicus Society

The Honos Civicus Society is a network of active citizen physicians at Tufts University School of Medicine. Graduating fourth year medical students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and community service during their studies may be nominated to and become members of the Society. Organized in partnership with Tisch College, the Society celebrates and publicly recognizes these students at an induction ceremony and at Commencement and creates an alumni network of physicians dedicated to service. Find out more »

 

Presidential Award for Civic Life

The Presidential Award for Civic Life recognizes outstanding civic achievement across Tufts Schools. Nominated by faculty and staff, each year one or two students from the School of Medicine are recognized for their exemplary public service and civic leadership. Find out more »

 

Becky Lee receives Presidential Award for Civic Life

Apply to the Tisch Summer Fellows Program

Tisch Summer Fellows offer substantive internships that allow Tufts students to gain real-world skills, grow their networks, and explore career paths while building stronger communities. Learn more »

Honos Civicus Society

Graduating fourth year medical students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and community service during their studies may be nominated to the Honos Civicus Society. The Society celebrates and publicly recognizes these students at an induction ceremony and at Commencement, as well as creating an alumni network of active citizen physicians.

Graduating fourth year medical students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and community service during their studies may be selected for the Honos Civicus Society.
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Tufts Student Service Scholar Program

The Service Scholars Pathway Program is the medical school’s new initiative to train students to work in underserved urban areas and equip them with the tools to help patients and communities overcome barriers to health.

In Fall 2013, the first group of ten first-year medical students were selected for the inaugural class of the Tufts Service Scholars Program, the medical school’s new initiative to train students to work in underserved areas.
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