Spring 2014

To Be of Service

Students in new program will concentrate on urban health

Ten first-year medical students have been selected for the inaugural class of the Service Scholars Pathway Program, the medical school’s new initiative to train students to work in underserved urban areas and equip them with the tools to help patients and communities overcome barriers to health.

“Many students go to medical school because they want to change the world, but interested students don’t always gain the experiences or skills they need to specialize in serving the underserved,” says Randy Wertheimer, the Jaharis Family Chair in Family Medicine, who developed and oversees the program. “The Service Scholars Program will give these medical students the tools and the ability to go out and make a difference by helping those most in need.”

The Service Scholars will receive specialized training in community medicine and will work with Boston-area communities over the course of their medical education to develop a better understanding of the needs, challenges and opportunities facing underserved populations. Students will also learn from one-on-one and group mentoring with physicians practicing in underserved settings. A longitudinal project devoted to community-based research, intervention or advocacy will enhance their development.

Generous gifts from the Bingham Trust and an anonymous donor will fund curriculum development and scholarships for the program.

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