Community as Classroom: On the Road to Becoming a Doctor

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For MD students at the Geisel School of Medicine, community service is an integral part of their medical school experience. Eighty percent of first- and second-year students participate in a remarkable array of community service projects, including mentoring high school students, leading workshops with seniors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Aging Resource Center, and bringing health care to underserved populations. Through their interactions with community members in need, students cultivate and practice the essential skills of caring, communication, and empathy. These experiences also prepare students to collaborate effectively with diverse teams in varied social, political, and economic environments.

Geisel graduates the complete physician—one who excels in the basic sciences, delivers outstanding clinical care, discovers and shares new knowledge, and works to improve systems of health care delivery. A medical education that embraces community service helps develop leaders who are distinguished by their commitment to others and the positive impact they have on the world.