Service Learning

The UW School of Medicine's Service Learning program enriches medical education by cultivating skills that address the health needs of underserved communities. We seek to foster the joy of service in students who are preparing for lives of civic and social responsibility as healthcare providers in an increasingly diverse and complex global society.

Our service learning projects fall into four categories: Advocacy, Clinical Services, Health Education and Pipeline/Mentorship.

Opportunities to get involved.

Student Portal

If you are a current student, please go to our Service Learning Canvas page for more information on how to get involved.

Donations

Consider a gift to the UW Medicine Service Learning Fund. Your support will help to sustain our efforts.

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Seeking Volunteer Providers

Please take a moment to browse through the many inspiring projects that our medical students are leading throughout the region.  If you are a licensed provider and are interested in working with medical students from one of our clinical sites, or if you have general questions on our Service Learning program please contact Leonora Clarke, clarkel@uw.edu.  

Seattle service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. Campaign examples:

  • Clinic-Based Organizing Campaign: explores ways to bring patients and providers together to organize around upstream determinants of health.
  • Advocates for the Underserved Lobby Day: an interprofessional cohort of students who are concerned about health equity head to the state capital to discuss and lobby for the passage of relevant bills.

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Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP)

Housed in the Department of Family Medicine, CHAP has been in existence for more than 30 years. CHAP is currently involved in three clinical projects:

  • Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
    • Medical students work in a physician to provide clinical care to DESC clients.
  • Dermatology and Foot Care Clinics 
    • Medical students provide dermatology and foot care services to clients at the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC).
  • Teeth and Toes
    • Medical students partner with dental students to provide foot care and dental screenings at local shelters.

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Student Health Initiative for Access (SHIFA)

SHIFA is an organization governed by medical students that administers six clinical projects.

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UTEST

UWSOM students provide free, anonymous HIV testing and safe sex counseling at Seattle-area support groups on Capitol Hill every Tuesday and Thursday evening. They also provide testing at the annual Seattle/King County Clinic and at local health fairs.

University District Street Medicine

This is a Health Sciences interprofessional project that aims to meet clients where they are at. Students provide a variety of services from street outreach in the University District to health screenings at the Elizabeth Gregory Home, St. Vincent de Paul and other locations.

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Ophthalmology Interest Group – Student Sight Savers

Medical students provide vision screening at the Seattle/King County Clinic at Key Arena and at local health fairs.


Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

  • SHIFA/Casa Latina Health Education
    • Medical students provide health education materials to clients at a center for Latin day laborers and other locations.
  • ROOTS Breakfast Crew
    • Family Medicine Interest Group students cook and serve breakfast at the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.
  • Tar Wars
    • Medical students visit local elementary schools to help educate young people on the harmful consequences of smoking.
  • SPOTS: Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students
    • Medical students present at local high schools to help educate young people about sun protection and skin cancer.
  • Pediatric Interest Group – Othello Outreach Clinic
    • Medical students work with children on fun activities focusing on fine motor skills and nutrition.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • Alliance for Equal Representation in Medicine (AFERM)
    • Medical students conduct mock interviews with underrepresented applicants to medical school
    • Mentorship
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
    • Health fairs
    • Mentorship
  • Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac
    • Medical students organize camps to expose local high school students to the fields of Neurology and Cardiology.
  • Doctor for a Day
    • Medical students and residents provide middle and high school students of color with exposure to medicine and other health professions through high‐quality, hands‐on workshops in the community.
  • Latino Medical Student Association
    • Health fairs
    • Community outreach
    • Mentorship
  • Pipeline Mapping Project
    • Medical students are supporting a mapping project that is doing an environmental scan of health sciences high school and undergraduate programs that target underrepresented students.
  • Medicine Wheel Society
    • Educational events
    • Mentorship
  • Muslim Health Professionals
    • Educational events
    • Mentorship

Spokane service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of the UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. More information can be found on their website. Current campaigns include:

  • HUBIO 592 H – Community Organizing Course
  • All in for Washington
  • Healthcare Action Team
  • Campus Garden Project


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Saturday Clinic

UGM provides medical services to an underserved population of Spokane. At the Saturday Clinic medical students provide:

  • Clinical Care
  • Diabetes Care
    • Medical students provide diabetes screenings and health education on diabetes related topics.

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Providence House of Charity (HOC)

The House of Charity provides medical services to Spokane residents who are housing insecure.

  • Clinical care
    • Medical students care for patients under the supervision of HOC providers.

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Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

  • Refugee Navigators
    • Medical students work with refugee populations in Spokane on healthcare navigation.
  • ACEs
    • Medical students raise awareness about the health effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Students host health education talks at Transitions, a women's support center.
  • UGM Health Education and Health Fairs
    • Medical students participate in health education talks and basic health screenings at local health fairs.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • Underrepresented in Medicine Student Group
    • Medical students conduct mock interviews with underrepresented applicants to medical school
    • Mentorship
    • Students host a fall workshop event to raise awareness among underrepresented undergraduates about the path to medical school. They also provide mentoring and shadowing opportunities.
  • UW Med for Ed
    • Walking School Bus
    • Elementary and high school science education
    • Anatomy demonstration days

Wyoming service learning projects:


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Albany Community Health Clinic

This clinic provides care to underserved or underinsured communities in Laramie, WY.

  • Albany Clinic Navigators (in development)
    • Medical students provide assistance to clinic patients in registering for ACA plans.
  • Clinic Assistants (in development)
    • Medical students assist with all aspects of care at the Albany Community Health Clinic.


Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

  • Health Sciences Health Fair
    • Medical students provide health education at a university-wide health fair.
  • Downtown Clinic
    • Medical students provide health education on diabetes monitoring.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • Mock interviews
    • Medical students conduct mock interviews with underrepresented applicants to medical school.

Montana service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Montana Mental Health

This clinic represents a partnership between Community Health Partners and WWAMI students.

  • Mental Health Services
    • Medical students work under the supervision of a mental health provider to provide basic mental health assessments.
AIDS Outreach
  • HIV testing
    • Medical students work with a local AIDS prevention program to provide HIV testing.
MT-WWAMI Footcare Clinic

Medical students are providing basic footcare at a local warming shelter.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • Browning Mentorship Project
    • Medical students work with high school students on the Blackfeet Reservation to introduce them to careers in science and medicine.
  • Medical Mentorship Program
    • In partnership with HOPA Mountain, medical student provide mentorship to students interested in pursuing careers in the Health Sciences.
    • Medical students host workshops aimed at raising awareness among underrepresented undergraduates on the path to medical school.

Idaho service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of the UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Palouse Free Clinic

This local clinic provides care to the underserved at Pullman Regional Hospital's Specialty Clinic.

  • Clinical care
    • Medical students provide basic clinical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

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Snake River Community Clinic

Located in Lewiston, ID, this clinic serves low‐income clients in the community.

  • Clinical care
    • Medical students provide basic clinical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

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Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

  • Tar Wars
    • Medical students visit local elementary schools to help educate young people on the harmful consequences of smoking.
  • Gritman Teddy Bear Fair
    • Medical students provide health education at a local fair on children’s health run by Gritman Hospital.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • SNMA Student Group
    • Medical students conduct mock medical school interviews with underrepresented applicants
    • Mentorship
    • Students host workshops aimed at raising awareness among underrepresented undergraduates on the path to medical school.

Alaska service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. This project is in development.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Brother Francis Foot Care Clinic

This is an emergency shelter in Anchorage, AK, that serves men and women who are experiencing homelessness.

  • Foot care
    • Medical students provide foot care for resident/clients.

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UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions. The dedication of our students to this work is truly inspiring.

  • H.E.A.R.T
    • Medical students visit local schools to talk to students about what it is like to be a doctor.