Service Learning Program


What is Service Learning?

“Structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection.”
~ Community-Campus Partnerships for Health


The goal of service-learning is to prepare competent medical providers who are aware of how community issues affect heath care and produce a better future global citizen.  Students will gain a better understanding of the social determinants of health that contribute to health disparity facing many patients.

Service-learning is not required community service.  It is a blend of structured learning and service to the community.  The PA Program works in conjunction with a community partner to design objectives that will be mutually beneficial to both the PA Program and the Community Organization.

Students complete 10 hours of service-learning each semester in which the time is built into the curriculum.  Students write a reflection after each experience and then debrief with a faculty member and other students weekly.

Students are assigned to work with seniors, children or adults and then rotate to a different life-span every semester.  Students are paired together and assigned one day of the week for one hour weekly for a total of 10 weeks each semester.

The UAMS has partnered with Promise Neighborhood/ ARChild for working with children and focusing on early childhood reading.  Another partner is University District/ AARP who have an objective of decreasing senior isolation.  The last partner is Safe Places who is a volunteer organization devoted to family violence prevention and assistance.  The students are trained to assist in facilitating support groups for individuals who may have been exposed to domestic violence.


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Promise Neighborhood/ ARChild – Early Childhood Reading

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University District/ AARP – Senior Isolation


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Safe Places - Domestic Violence


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