Collaborative Student Volunteer and Service Projects with Health Systems and Medical Schools
Students are eager to help their communities and institutions in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and bring relevant, diverse, and valuable skillsets to support those efforts. It is critical that this work be a collaboration with the medical school and health system to ensure that activities are responsive to health system needs and do not unintentionally create additional burdens or risks to the learners or the institution. Equally important, these efforts need to prioritize student, patient, and community safety.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical schools have strongly recommended social distancing measures to their students and have made changes to their curricula and campus life in support of these measures. The AAMC continues to strongly suggest that, in the absence of a critical health care workforce (HCW) need locally, medical students should not be involved in any direct patient care activities for the next two weeks, through April 14, 2020.
Seeking your submissions
We actively seek submissions of student volunteer projects done in collaboration with health systems and medical schools. Once submitted, the resources will be included in a collection that will be free and widely available to the medical education community. Submitted resources should describe volunteer or service projects that:
- Describe a fully voluntary student service project.
- Represent a collaboration between medical students, the health system and/or the medical school.
- Are driven by the needs of the health system and/or medical school.
- Include a formal connection between medical students and faculty/administrators.
- When feasible, facilitate social distancing.
In addition, we are particularly interested in volunteer and service projects that, as possible,
- Use a service-learning model and
- Involve interprofessional collaboration.
Submissions may also include supplements such as orientation and debriefing resources, logistical and operational materials (e.g., email announcements, sign-up sheets, checklists, etc.) or links to publicly accessible websites.
All submissions will be reviewed by the collection editor, Geoffrey Young, PhD, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Programs, to ensure criteria for inclusion are met. If you have a student volunteer project you would like to submit to the collection but need additional support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All content in this collection reflects the views of the author(s) and does not reflect the official policy or views of the AAMC unless clearly specified.
SEARCH BY PROJECT CATEGORY
Direct COVID-19 Support
Support for Healthcare Workers
Submitting to Collection
Have a student service or volunteer project that you would like to submit to the collection?