Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program


Coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and the MassAHEC Network, the Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program offers rising second-year medical students the opportunity to work in a wide variety of community-based health, educational and human service organizations throughout the Commonwealth during the summer months.

The main goals of the program are to provide unique service-learning experiences for future physicians, help students understand the connection between an individual’s health and a community’s health, enhance students’ understanding of community health care problems and needs of underserved populations, and provide community based organizations the opportunity to benefit from the fresh perspective and energy a student can bring to their agency or program. For the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the program establishes and strengthens relationships with community-based health, education and human service organizations that work with underserved populations across the state.

Click here for the Summer Assistantship information sheet for students. This sheet explains the structure of the program and the expectations we hold for student participants, which include participation in regular reflective discussion sessions, completion of a reflection journal and creation of an informational poster, to be displayed at the Summer Student Poster Session along with those completed by students in the University's other summer student programs.

Past years' Summer Service Learning Assistantship Posters are available for viewing online (see sidebar on the left) to give you a sense of the types of placements and projects that are possible.  Questions to guide reflection for essays can be found here. Student directions for completing posters can be found here.

We are hoping to address several community-identified needs in 2018, so among our opportunities are these pre-defined positions:

  1. Coordination of Worcester Public Schools’ flu clinics, Worc Division of Public Health (link to Tatnuck House preferred)
  2. Supporting the roll-out of Baby Boxes with the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative (link to Burncoat House preferred)
  3. Assisting the YWCA Domestic Violence program in Leominster and the Healthy Relationship Workgroup of the North County Community Health Improvement Plan

You can complete an application online at  Completed applications are due January 31, 2018 for the first round of placements.  Questions and conversations are welcome - don't wait to reach out with ideas and questions. Contact Heather-Lyn Haley  to discuss options in greater detail. Watch this space and the SBC Scholarship Bulletin for opportunities post-deadline.

Past placement sites include:   AIDS Project Worcester, Elder Services of Worcester, Pernet Family Health Services, the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project, Family Health Center Worcester, the YWCA of Central MA, the Worcester Department of Public Health, the North Quabbin Community Coalition, the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center, and many others. 

 Funding for this program in 2018 comes from the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and the MassAHEC Network.

The exact 2018 Schedule will be determined in the coming months. To get a sense of the organization of the summer, here is the general Summer Assistantship schedule:



Mtg 1-Required: Orientation/logistics

First week of May

Learning goals due

End of May

Mtg 2:Organizational mission

Early June

Mtg 3: Lessons learned

Late June

Mtg 4: Looking forward


Mtg 5 Required: Final reflection w/ potluck

Early August

Poster files due (24”x36”)

Early August

Required: Poster Session