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Community Engagement

Your student experience doesn’t all happen in the classroom or clinic. You also will participate in service learning activities designed to offer real life exposure to individuals and families touched by genetics.

Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning

During your time at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine you'll have a number of opportunities to engage in service learning. Current opportunities include providing respite care for families raising a child with a disability, visiting an early intervention program and making visits to several community support groups, to name a few. You will build family connections through home visits and attend a statewide family conference focused on support for individuals with disabilities. By participating in our community engagement initiatives, you improve your communications skills by writing educational blogs, attending awareness events and speaking to lay groups about how genetics and genomics impacts all of our lives.

Through collaboration with Family Connection and other community organizations, you will have the opportunity to interact with families in the community who have a child with a disability and adults who are living with a genetic condition. Service learning is designed to develop the student’s perspective of individuals with disabilities as people first and to foster meaningful interaction between medical professionals and families who live with disability on a daily basis. 

Through public education outreach, you will have the opportunity to adopt an “awareness month” and create a blog post article related to genetic aspects of the topic. 

Outreach Calendar

Ovarian & Prostate Cancer

Childhood Cancer

Breast Cancer

Pregnancy/Infant Loss

Down Syndrome

Spina Bifida Awareness

Pancreatic Cancer

Pregnancy/Infant Loss

Birth Defects Prevention

Folic Acid Awareness

Marfan Syndrome

Congenital Heart Disease

Rare Disease Day

Colon Cancer




22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

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