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Community Engagement

Medicine at Temple University have backgrounds of the highest academic caliber and have demonstrated a capacity for service with a genuine desire to help those in need. Compassion and sensitivity to others are hallmarks of Temple students.

The diverse interests of our students are represented, in part, by the more than 50 student-run campus groups. Orientation Week includes a Student Activities Fair, where many student groups set up booths to answer questions and provide opportunities to join any groups that interest you. During the school year, if you so desire, you will also have the opportunity to start an organization of your own specific interest. 

20 Ways to Learn through Service

  • Represent your classmates through the Student Government Association, which  supports, advocates for and provides resources for medical students.
  • Train with the Temple Emergency Action Corps in disaster response in order to mobilize during local, national or international emergencies and provide basic medical care to those affected.
  • Participate with Temple Emergency Action Corps – Outreach to the Homeless (TEACH) in working with people who are homeless at clinics and residences.
  • Check out the School of Medicine’s Latino Medical Student Association and participate in screenings and blood drives.
  • Mentor youth in science at a local elementary school through the Science in Public Schools Initiative.
  • Join the Student National Medical Association to learn about policy initiatives and community programs related to people who are under-represented in medicine.
  • Get involved with the Babcock Surgical Society, the longest established student group at the School of Medicine, that provides opportunities for job shadowing and learning about life as a surgeon.
  • Join the Pediatric Interest Group, which runs a reading program for pediatric patients and hosts Alex’s Lemonade Stands to benefit pediatric cancer research.
  • Volunteer with Prevention Point/Street Side Health Clinic and conduct sterile syringe exchanges for IV drug abusers.
  • Participate in Temple Arts Groups which builds a strong sense of community both within and outside of the school through concerts and other art events.
  • Join the school’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People Interest Group and volunteer at a community outreach center that provides STD testing
  • and referrals.
  • Plan a medical mission with the school’s International Health Organization.
  • Ride with the Temple University Emergency Medical System, a bike-based EMS response group.
  • Work with students involved with HERO (Helping to Energize and Rebuild Ourselves), a local community service offering a range of services for the North Philadelphia community.
  • Lobby with the American Medical Student Association in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., to promote awareness of current health policy issues.
  • Host Shabbat dinners and cultural events with the Jewish Student Union.
  • Participate in Bridging the Gaps, a city-wide collaboration that provides internships in community organizations and addresses how health disparities affect neighborhoods.
  • Learn more about South Asian culture with the South Asian Health Student Organization through ongoing events, conferences and a speakers’ seminar.
  • Join Big Friends, a tutoring/mentoring program for the children of Kenderton  Elementary School, in the School of Medicine’s backyard.
  • Join one of the many specialty-related interest groups to take part in community service activities and connect with faculty from particular disciplines.