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Our school offers a large variety of student-led organizations, many of which engage in volunteer efforts. Our Office of Service Learning supports a number of these groups. Student service groups focus on one of four key areas in health.


  • Cooking Healthily on a Penny (CHOP)

    Cooking Healthily on a Penny (CHOP)

    Community Partner: P.E.E.R. Inc., Live HealthSmart

    Beyond the curricular-based CHOP experience for students in Fundamentals, trained students can continue to volunteer through the CHOP volunteer organization, conducting cooking demonstrations to teach individuals ways to prepare nutritious foods on limited budgets.

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  • Dynamic Health

    Dynamic Health

    Community Partner: St. Andrew’s Food Pantry

    With Dynamic Health, students address the multiple integrated aspects of chronic health within the community. Students enhance their motivational interviewing techniques by advising participants on disease education, exercise, and nutrition. Additionally, there are opportunities for group exercise with the community.

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  • Equal Access Alabama

    Equal Access Alabama

    Community Partner: A Promise to Help, AHEC, Samford School of Pharmacy

    The mission of EAA is to find ways to connect the Black Belt of Alabama to the healthcare system, and to create quantifiable solutions that reduce the barriers to care faced by its residents. EAA aims to foster experiences between care provider and patient, encouraging medical students to develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives and challenges faced by our state’s most impoverished residents. This is accomplished by participating in mobile clinics, developing a telehealth system accessible to Black Belt communities, and relying on the communities themselves to guide our efforts.

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  • Medical Students Ask and Advise (MSAA)

    Medical Students Ask and Advise (MSAA)

    Community Partner: The Foundry

    Collaborating with the Foundry and Equal Access Birmingham, Medical Student Ask & Advise provides smoking cessation counseling for people using tobacco products. Students typically volunteer once a month in person at the Foundry, a rehabilitation center located 15 minutes from UAB’s campus. Recently, students have expanded counseling sessions to EAB patients.

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Clinical Care

  • Equal Access Birmingham

    Equal Access Birmingham

    A student-run, free clinic serving the Birmingham community, EAB operates acute and primary care clinics on both Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, along with monthly mental health clinics and other special clinic events. Students can also participate in health education and screening events, which take place around the city.

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  • InterpretES


    Community Partner: HICA, UAB Community English Program

    The mission of Interpret ES is to remove the language barrier faced by the under-served Hispanic community faces when seeking access to essential social resources. Students provide Spanish translation/interpreting and outreach services to help the under-served Hispanic population in Birmingham.

  • Tutoring4Tots


    Community Partner: STAIR, Girls, Inc.

    Tutoring4Tots provides tutoring services to students at Girls Inc. We hope to encourage and uplift girls to pursue their desired careers and also provide some exposure to STEM. Volunteering with us allows you to serve not only as tutors, but as role models.

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Patient Support

  • Arts in Medicine

    Arts in Medicine

    Community Partner: South Health & Rehabilitation

  • Companicures


    Community Partner: South Health & Rehabilitation, UAB High Risk OBGYN

    Companicures is an outlet for students to provide non-clinical patient care. We perform nail painting and hair braiding services to offer patients personalized care during prolonged hospital or assisted living stays. Students have the opportunity to connect with patients in a personal way and practice patient-centered skills, while the patients receive personal care and attention from UAB medical students.

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  • Compassion Closet

    Compassion Closet

    Community Partner: UAB Emergency Department

  • Cooking with the Community

    Cooking with the Community

    Community Partner: Hope Lodge

  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Fight Club

    Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Fight Club

    Community Partner: Juarez Boxing

    Parkinson’s Disease Fight Club exists to serve the Parkinson’s Disease (PD) community, educate students through personal interactions with those with PD, and foster an interest in neurology by providing volunteers at boxing classes for individuals with PD. Volunteers will assist in running workout stations during a circuit boxing class for those with PD. Professional boxer or no experience whatsoever, all levels of experience are welcome!

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  • Senior Companionship Program

    Senior Companionship Program

    Community Partner: UAB House Calls, South Health & Rehabilitation

    Senior Companionship pairs medical students with home-bound seniors from around the Birmingham community to combat loneliness and isolation, which are exacerbated by the burden of disease. Seniors participating in the program are served by the UAB House Calls team and would benefit from monthly meetings with compassionate and friendly students.

    Students can get connected with the officers of these organizations during the Student Activities Fair at orientation or by contacting the Office of Service Learning.

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