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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”, create a blog post related to genetic aspects of the topic and support non-profits dedicated to raising awareness for genetic disease.  Here are a few of the organizations our students support:

Huntingtons Disease Society of America - SC Affiliate

Project Hope Foundation

South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy (SAFE)

Leo's Pride

South Carolina Rare Action Network

Visit our blog to learn more about our community outreach!


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