ISCOPES is a unique, multidisciplinary community service-learning program where students in the health professions work with local community-based organizations on projects that address health issues of D.C. residents. These experiences involve planning, implementing, and evaluating multi-dimensional projects at selected neighborhood sites around the D.C. Metro area. ISCOPES also teaches students how to authentically engage in community-university relationship building, provide culturally competent care, work in philosophically diverse teams, and commit to continuous quality improvement of sustainable initiatives.
Since its founding in 2006, The H.E.A.L.ing Clinic (Healthcare, Education and Active Living) has strived to help expand access to health care for the vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C., regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Student volunteers provide comprehensive primary care and social services to underserved patients in the Howard Shaw and Anacostia neighborhoods. Every Tuesday evening, a team of dedicated medical students, physician assistant students, public health students, and volunteer attending physicians staff the exam rooms and lab and provide health education for patients. Just before and right after clinic hours, the students participate in structured peer-to-peer educational sessions with the aim of teaching each other about the etiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and psychosocial factors of the diagnoses that are common among our patient population.
Dedicated to providing social support to pregnant women in the community lacking a strong social support system by matching them with first and second year student advocates. Students experience the social, economic and medical aspects of pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Community Service Day
Each August, students spend a day working in partnership with area nonprofit organizations throughout the city to act on their commitment to the community. In 2011, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) wanted to bring a global focus to its annual Commitment to the Community day and decided to address one of humanity's basic needs-adequate and quality nutrition. GW SMHS partnered with the DC chapter of Kids Against Hunger to provide 60,000 meals to feed the famine-stricken families in the Horn of Africa.
SALUD is a student organization dedicated to teaching and learning medical Spanish, as well as serving the growing Latino community in the greater D.C. area. Students are taught practical skills, correct use of interpreters, key vocabulary, as well as an enhanced understanding of cultural barriers that face Latino patients. They also serve as a resource to students interested in serving the Latino community, through their team dedicated to Community Service Outreach to explore the many volunteer opportunities available in Washington D.C.