Student Service in the Community
In addition to academic excellence, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine seeks to admit students with a demonstrated history of dedication to human concerns. This dedication is evidenced by longitudinal involvement in people-related helping activities. The medical school encourages its students to continue their involvement in community service activities as often as their schedules will allow. Some of the frequent student-initiated programs and events are listed below.
Reach Out of Montgomery County
Reach Out is a collaborative effort among health care professionals to provide medical care to the underserved populations of East and West Dayton. Students volunteer their time at the Reach Out clinics along with other health care professionals. Students have an opportunity to implement their history taking and physical examination skills under the watchful eye of volunteer physicians.
Boys and Girls Club of Dayton - West Dayton
Members of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) meet with children from the club to talk about becoming black physicians. In addition to motivational talks, the medical students sponsor an essay contest during Black History Month and pumpkin carving during Halloween.
St. Vincent dePaul Society & St. Vincent Hotel
The St. Vincent dePaul Society offers emergency overnight shelter for homeless individuals and families. Students volunteer for "Extra Hands," helping to prepare and serve meals, reading to children and assisting patients in the medical clinic.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity provides students with opportunities to build new houses or rehabilitate old homes in a mutual effort with other volunteers from the community and the future home owners. Students are encouraged to volunteer twice a year through Phi Rho Sigma for a day long effort.
Global Health Initiative
Global Health Initiative was organized by first-year students to provide opportunities for experiential learning within the medical field, enhance awareness of global health care, and foster a sense of compassion, social justice, and empathy in future physicians. Through the enhancement of student experiential learning opportunities, GHI creates a more holistic learning approach by evaluating social, cultural, political, and religious influences upon medicine in addition to providing inspiration for aspiring physicians who have the desire to challenge health care barriers that currently exist in the world. GHI hosts a symposium highlighting current issues in global health each spring.
Students volunteer for local and out of state camps during the summer months including:
- Cystic Fibrosis Summer Camp, Oregonia, Ohio
- Camp Super Kids (Asthma), Oregonia, Ohio
- Double H Hole in the Woods Summer Camp for HIV infected children, New York
- Happiness is Camping (children with cancer), New York