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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.
  • Peds 662 – Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) – 2-week elective that enhances knowledge about community-oriented and community-based health care.
  • 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 elective 661
Medical students on CARE elective 661 (Sarah Pearl Aronow-Werner, Laura Stymiest, Krista Grande-shown above on far left and front row) participated in the 2013 CARE Block.

PLC at Race Exhibit
Medical students (Mykael Garcia & Anthony Williams-shown above on the left) on the PLC elective 662 visiting the Race Exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.


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

Nina Sara and Andy

Nina Piazza discusses her public health project with Dr. Aligne and Sara Jenks

Public Health Interest Group (PHIG)

In 2013, UR medical students formed a Public Health Group to promote opportunities for learning and practicing community health. Dr. Aligne is the 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