Tufts University School of Medicine


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Community engagement and public service are defining qualities of Tufts University, and the School of Medicine has a long and proud history of leadership on these issues.  The history of community health in the United States can be traced back to Tufts: in 1965, Doctors Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, two members of the Tufts faculty, started the first community health center in the country just a few miles from the Boston Campus, in Columbia Point. Two years later, Doctor Geiger opened Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi: the first rural Federally Qualified Health Center in the United States. The original clinical team there was led by three Tufts physicians.

The School of Medicine continues this tradition of community engagement in a variety of ways.  The MD Program
partners with Tufts’ Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a national leader in civic education, to provide the Community Service Learning (CSL) program. Through this program, all medical students spend at least 50 hours working directly in the community as collaborators, mentors, and educators. These first-hand experiences enable students to understand health disparities while honing the clinical, communication, and teamwork skills that are essential to their work as physicians.  The PA Program also centers humanism, cultural humility, and social responsibility as some of its core values, and as such also requires community service during students' first year.  And of course MPH and other professional degree programs engage in various forms of community engagement, from public health research with community partners, to direct service opportunities. 

This subgroup of the Tufts Civic Impact platform will serve as a platform through which TUSM students can learn about community engagement opportunities, create volunteer schedules for their groups, manage RSVPs for events, collect surveys and applications, and more!  

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Here's a podcast about what Boston HealthCare for the Homeless Program is doing to address the impact of Coronavirus in Boston's homeless community: https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/03/23/tent-medicine-to-treat-those-with-the-coronavirus-in-bostons-homeless-community?fbclid=IwAR3upQi4WjMp1ZH0Ic4cMjaTXvgCQ1v7rweK7ywCiWXFykjc2rlHQ8VX7Cs