Seifer (1998) defines Service-Learning as an organized experience that combines community services, preparation, and reflection. It transcends volunteerism and community service by creating a true collaboration between the learner and the community in which both have equal responsibility for the outcome of the experience and the individuals who are served.
There is no question that the UK College of Medicine plays a vital, often life-saving, role for people of the Lexington community and the commonwealth of Kentucky. UK’s health care mission goes beyond the clinical setting and its medical campus. Community engagement and social responsibility are important expectations of institutions of higher learning, especially of medical schools. Given UK’s commitment to community engagement and social responsibility and the increasing globalization of health care it is only natural that global health offers a rich and rewarding context in which future professionals can work, learn and serve.
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Seifer, S.D. (1998). Service-learning: Community-campus partnerships for health professions education. Academic Medicine, 73(3):273-277.