Community Service Projects
The following special projects with kids are sponsored by the student-run
DMS Community Service Committee to link DMS students and the community.
To sign up for a project or to learn more, contact Kathy McGovern, DMS Student Affairs Coordinator. Her office is located
in Remsen 334, and she can be reached at (603) 650-1594 Monday through
Fruday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This program pairs medical students with children from the
community who have special needs or a chronic illness. The program enables
medical students to form special relationships with some incredible kids
and to gain a unique perspective into the joys and difficulties of raising
a child with special needs. It also allows families to have some respite
time, knowing that their children are in competent and caring hands.
The goals of this program are to provide the local schools with appropriate
preventive information, to inform current smokers of the risks of tobacco
use, and to share proven techniques to stop smoking. To reach these goals,
student educators teach in local classrooms and at the smoking-cessation
center at DHMC. The center is run by medical students trained to counsel
and support patients interested in smoking cessation.
in Health Education
This project offers medical students the opportunity to teach prevention
and health care to school children in the local community. The program,
supported by the DMS Student Affairs Office, the C. Everett Koop Institute
and the DMS Community Service Committee, pairs medical students with local
teachers who will work together with the students to develop a health
curriculum. In some cases, this collaboration between DMS and local schools
offers the only organized health curriculum available for these children.
It is hoped that this program will help set the standard for similar health
education programs across the country.
The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) experiences a drop in volunteer
activity during the weekend. Medical students help meet this need by volunteering
two Saturday afternoons a month (non-quiz weekends!). Activities include
arts and crafts, performances and general entertainment. Students are
free to choose the weeks and activities in which they participate.
The Patient Partnership Program is a service-learning program in which
10 DMS first-year students are paired with individuals, including children
and their families, from the Upper Valley who are facing a long-term health-related
challenge such as chronic illness or cancer. The relationship between
the student and the community member is intended to last throughout the
students time at DMS. The program serves as an opportunity for a
mutually beneficial relationship between the DMS student and the community
member. Student participants provide support for individuals from the
community while learning about patient interaction and relationship-building,
as well as the psychosocial elements that play a role in the health of
to Pediatric Education