1. Fundamentals — Dr. Laura Fraser and Dr. Sarah Morgan

After learning about nutrition from Dr. Morgan’s lectures, students have the opportunity to be instructed about how to craft nutritional advice for patients based upon common dietary challenges (e.g., too much sodium). They then practice these skills at the East Lake Farmers Market, where they prepare a healthy recipe and teach healthy eating habits to the market attendees and farmers.

2. Endocrinology — Dr. Shawn Galin and Dr. Fernando Ovalle

In addition to learning about the mechanisms of diabetes in the course, students can opt into more training about how to coach patients in preventing and managing diabetes in layman’s terms. Then, in groups of 2-3, students present at local senior centers and shelters. By doing so, they reinforce learning about diabetes but also receive hands-on experience in health coaching.

3. Pulmonary — Drs. Kevin Leon, Will Sasser, Pilar Acosta, and Kathy Harrington

All students in the course learn how to “Assess, Advise, and Refer” patients who smoke towards quitting. Students who elect to participate in this service-learning experience are then trained on the fourth step: Assist. Through didactic training and mock patient scenarios, they learn how to assist patients. Students then conduct smoking cessation counseling and distribute resources to community members at various social service agencies.

4. Neuroscience — Drs. Robin Lester, Victor Sung, Michael Lyerly, Vinita Yalamanchili, Kenneth Fallon and Katherine Weise

After learning about the anatomy of the eye, retina and visual pathways, and ophthalmology, students can opt to learn more about pediatric eye disorders from a School of Optometry professor. Afterwards, they conduct vision screenings with FocusFirst, to ensure that children in local Head Starts and other facilities receive the screening and follow-up care that is needed.

5. Intro to Clinical Medicine 2 — Dr. Stan Massie and Dr. Erin Contratto

During second year of ICM, students and their preceptors have the option to request to go to EAB for a patient encounter in place of a patient encounter that would normally occur in the hospital. If selected, the ICM group—along with the preceptor—provides care at a Wednesday night clinic. This allows students a chance to interact with patients, conduct H&Ps, and ultimately produce a diagnosis and treatment plan under the supervision of their preceptor.

6. Communications Skills Co-Enrolled Elective-  — Dr. Anne Zinski

In this popular course, students gain an advanced understanding of their personal communication styles, recognize and assess common barriers and bridges to effective communication, gain tips from experts in the field, and demonstrate skill in interviewing via community collaboration while providing a valuable service.

7. Special Topics — various

Multiple service learning Special Topics courses are available. Students usually serve in local summer camps or at EAB, and are also invited to propose new service learning courses. Please see the Course Catalogue or contact the OSL for details.

8. Learning Communities

Learning Communities are designed as a supportive environment where you can get to know a smaller number of your peers – and what better way to bond as a team than during a service project? The Office of Service Learning can assist your LC in finding a project that meets your needs. Have an idea of a particular issue you want to address but need help finding a place to serve? Not even sure where to start but know you want to organize a project? In either case, we can connect you with agencies and arrange the logistics so all you do is serve!

Interested in adding a service learning component to your course? Please contact us so we can discuss it further!