Student Leadership

Tufts School of Medicine 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 Tufts School of Medicine-based organizations, students can become involved in the following programs:

  • 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. Learn more about the Tisch Summer Fellowship Program.

    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. Learn more about Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement.

    Sam W. Ho Health Justice Scholars Program

    The mission of the Sam W. Ho Health Justice 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 to discuss topics such as cultural competency and physician wellness and are paired with experienced mentors in local communities in underserved, urban areas.

  • 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. Learn more about the Honos Civicus Society.

    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. Learn more about the Presidential Award for Civic Life.

The IDEAS in Medicine leadership team celebrated the 10th annual Field Trip for middle school students in Chelsea, MA. Student leadership is a cornerstone of CSL, and also a lot of fun!