Eighty-one percent of first- and second-year students who responded to a recent survey said they had joined in at least one community-service project. It’s easy to get involved, thanks in part to the student-run Community Service Committee, which sponsors more than 24 community education and service programs. Whether you are interested in volunteering at a clinic for underserved populations, becoming buddies with a child with special needs, or singing at hospitals and nursing homes, you will find an opportunity to contribute to your community your way.
One popular site for medical students to volunteer is the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in nearby White River Junction, Vt. Read about the efforts of medical students at the clinic in the winter 2014 issue of Dartmouth Medicine magazine. And below, watch as Pam Vernon, the volunteer coordinator at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic, talks about the work for students and other volunteers to make the clinic possible.
Geisel students take part in many other volunteer activities as well. In the video below, Holly Schroeder talks about a program she and a fellow student created to provide basic health care to migrant farm workers in Vermont. You can also read more about the origins of that program in Dartmouth Medicine.