Community Service Curricular Requirements

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 Tufts School of Medicine.

Through the Tisch College and Tufts School of Medicine Community Service Learning 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 Tufts School of Medicine 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 Tufts School of Medicine-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 faculty advisors throughout your CSL experience.