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Tufts University School of Medicine

Local & Global Engagement

At Tufts School of Medicine, our commitment to service and engagement runs deep. It is an important part of our mission, and all students are required to complete a community service engagement as part of their studies. 

Our students engage globally and locally in a range of different ways while at Tufts. Some partner with community groups to provide patient care in our home neighborhood of Chinatown, or create and lead their own organizations and projects. Others take on summer fellowships with inner city health centers and service organizations, or volunteer to bring health education to middle and high school students who are interested in medicine. Many of our students travel to Africa, South America, and beyond to work on important global and public health programs.  

Their hope, and mine, through this rich and varied exposure is that we all learn to care for each other more humanely and effectively, and that we realize we have much to learn from other cultures and countries.

Dean Harris Berman

By stepping out of the classroom or lab and into the community, our students navigate new settings, build new skills, and broaden their perspective. And they share their passion, experience, and commitment to making a difference with the people who need them most.

How will you make difference?

Explore all the ways you can engage as a Tufts student – both around the corner and across the globe.

  • Community Service Learning

    Students partner with community organizations on projects that address social determinants of health and promote health equity. These experiences have a tangible impact at the local level while helping students build clinical, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for their future work as physicians.
  • Global Health

    Our global health programs give students the chance to study, teach, and train around the world. Students graduate with the global perspective and experience they need to tackle pressing global health and public health challenges. 
  • Pipeline Programs

    This program offers classes to underserved middle- and high-school students interested in medicine or biomedical science, and provides continued support for those who choose to pursue these important fields. 
  • Sharewood Project

    Sharewood provides free health education and limited health services to underserved local families. It’s gives students an opportunity to learn while serving the community by volunteering their time and skills.