New Medical School Students Learn About Community Commitment

August 15, 2006

What’s one of the initial projects tackled by newly arrived first-year students of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry?

Answer: Putting together an enjoyable and rewarding afternoon for more than 60 Rochester children and teenagers.

“This is not just a team-building exercise,” said Adrienne Morgan, director of Community Outreach, International Medicine and Student Research at the School of Medicine. “This is a way to show the incoming medical students the University’s commitment to community service.”

For many years, the School of Medicine has made community service a significant part of the education and training of future physicians. Medical students take part in more than 30 programs that involve them with city school children, refugee families, the homeless, and those facing illness and death.

This year, for the first time, a community service project will be a part of the orientation of the incoming class of medical students.

The 100 members of the Class of 2010 report to the School of Medicine Monday August 14. One of the first assignments will be to begin planning a recreational, social or educational activity for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14. The activity day is Wednesday August 16 in Genesee Valley Park.

The medical students will work in teams. Each team will create a 30-minute activity. The teams will be responsible for obtaining supplies and equipment needed for the activity. Each child will be able to take part in three different activities.

The Rochester Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services is collaborating with the School of Medicine on the project. An ice cream social for all participants will follow the activities.

WHAT: Newly-arrived first-year University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry take part in a community service project involving children and teenagers from the city of Rochester.

WHEN: Wednesday August 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: Genesee Valley Park Round House Shelter. Rain location: the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.                                                      

CONTACT ON SCENE: Adrienne Morgan, director of Community Outreach, International Medicine and Student Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her office phone is 275-7203.

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