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Medical Student Opportunities

Medical Student Courses

Since 2013 medical students can take PLC or CARE Block as electives.

  • Peds 661 – Child Advocacy Elective (CARE Block) – Advanced 2-week elective to enhance skills in community health practice and advocacy. Takes place once a year in the summer.
  • Peds 662 – Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) – 2-week elective that enhances knowledge about community-oriented and community-based health care. Sessions occur repeatedly throughout the school year.
  • CHIC – The Community Health Improvement Course – 4th year medical students can spend the 4 week CHIC block working on a project.

Medical students on CARE Block

Medical student Dhanushka Vitharana, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, participated in the Strong Children's Research Center 2018 Summer Program and presented:
Assessment of Feasibility of Socioeconomic Integration of Rochester City School District Schools through Reversal of Middle-Class Flight.

Reflections PLC collage 2017

Participants in PLC (Peds 662 elective) are asked to submit reflections on what they experienced. One example is this collage illustrating how PLC teaches about connecting patients to community-based non-medical resources, created by medical student Grace Kim in 2017.
Read more PLC Reflections


Students can work longitudinally on community health research projects in the Hoekelman Center. Some have spent the summer doing so.

Rochester medical students Nina Piazza and Beatriz Malibiran participated in a study at the start of the LARC Initiative and that has been published: Greenberg KB, Jenks SC, Piazza N, Malibiran BR, Aligne CA. A Snapshot of Urban Adolescent Women’s Contraceptive Knowledge at the Onset of a Community Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Promotion Initiative. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Aug; 30 (4): 474-478.

Sarah Korones 2017 poster
Sarah Korones and Dr. Aligne at the 2017 Medical Student Research poster session.

Sarah Korones presents her work on the evaluation of the LARC Initiative at the 2017 Medical Student Research poster session at URMC.

Public Health Interest Group (PHIG)

In 2013, UR medical students formed a Public Health Interest Group to promote opportunities for learning and practicing community health. Dr. Aligne was the founding faculty adviser to the group. One of the group's successful activities has been to organize an annual Community Health Engagement Week for first year medical students.

Medical Students Testimonials