Service and Engagement

Underserved Pathway students must complete 24 hours total of community service or service learning activities, an average of two hours per quarter. Depending on the type of service activities, students may complete the bulk of their hours in the preclinical years, or they may spread out hours across all four years. Underserved Pathway students may participate in UW and non-UW based programs.

Service and service learning opportunities include clinical events that involve direct patient care, educational events to train students, outreach events that provide health education for patients or communities, fundraising events and advocacy events.

The service learning requirement is meant to get students into underserved communities, engaged with them, seeing first hand the health challenges faced by vulnerable populations, learning about partnership within these communities and the agencies that serve them, and providing needed service. It also includes the reflection about what you have learned.

See below for a partial list of UW service learning options. Please see the iServ calendar (coming soon) to sign up for events. To explore non-UW community service projects consider looking into the United Way.

You can track your community service hours by using your Pathway Tracker database to update your hours and experiences.

For service completed that is NOT associated with a curricular activity ( ie. CHAP, SLAM, SHIFA) BOTH preparation hours AND service hours performed count as credit for service and engagement hours.

For service completed as a part of or during a curricular activity (ie. WRITE, longitudinal clerkship, Sub-I) preparation hours do NOT count as credit for service hours, however, hours of service performed during a curricular activity WILL count as credit for service and engagement hours.

Talk to your UP advisor about other outreach, leadership, advocacy and clinical opportunities. UP students may participate in UW-Seattle based or non-UW-Seattle based programs.

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A recommended resource to explore non-UW-Seattle based community service projects is the United Way.
- We are working to make this list more robust, if you know of any service opportunities available to medical students at the WWAMI Campuses please the UP Program Coordinator, Jaime Fitch

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Some examples of UW-Seattle based community service opportunities:

Clinical – includes experiences where you will be providing clinical care to underserved populations.

-CHAP Derm Clinic and CHAP Foot Care Clinic
-Al-Shifa Health Resource Center (ie. Casa Latina, Aloha Inn and RotaCare Clinic)
-Swedish Medical Center at Cherry Hill
-Students in the Community (SITC)

Outreach and Advocacy – includes Health Fairs, school health education, mentoring and tutoring the underserved.

-CHAP Youth Mentoring and Health Education
-CHAP Orion Health Education and Tutoring for Homeless Youth
-Lobby Day, Advocates for the Underserved
-ROOTS Breakfast Service
-Service Learning in Adolescent Medicine (SLAM) - adolescent mentoring/tutoring, health education, breakfast service for homeless youth
-Advocates For The Underserved

Leadership and Administration: includes organizing, developing and running a clinic or project.
-Serving as a CHAP Coordinator
-Active participation in a community or UW organization that is actively involved with the greater community (e.g. Health Equity Circle, Shifa, SLAM)

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For the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP), contact:
Rachel Lazzar, CHAP Program Coordinator

For Service Learning in Adolescent Medicine (SLAM), contact:
General questions, email: Krista Sirois
- UDYC tutoring program, email: Claire Min-Venditti
- ROOTS breakfast, email: Brianne Rowan
- Health/science classes at Orion, email: Megan Penna
- Adolescent mentoring program, email: Krista Sirois

For Al-Shifa, contact:
For general questions, email: or

For Students in the Community (SITC), contact:

Talk to your UP advisor about other outreach, leadership, advocacy and clinical opportunities. UP students may participate in UW-Seattle based or non-UW-Seattle based programs.