Underserved Pathway students must complete 24 hours total of community service or service learning activities, an average of two hours per quarter in underserved settings. 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.

The UW Medicine Service Learning Resource Center (SLRC) is an excellent resource to learn about service in your state. To see what students are currently doing visit Explore Existing Service Projects page.

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, underserved clerkships sites or Sub-I rotations):

  • 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. 

Please contact upath@uw.edu if you have trouble finding service learning, advocacy, community service or engagement activities at point throughout medical school.


UP students: Track your community service hours by using your Underserved Pathway Tracker to update your hours and experiences.

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