Alpert Medical School has a long tradition of social responsibility and outreach. Students volunteer at medical clinics, offer translating help at local hospitals, and organize fundraising events. From nutrition to refugee health, asthma to human rights, service and advocacy groups run the gamut at Alpert Medical School.
The Alpert Medical School chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was recognized as Chapter of the Year at the organization's annual medical education conference. The SNMA supports underrepresented students in medicine and serves the health needs of underserved communities. The AMS Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs supports the SNMA and other student groups.
In 2014, students Meredith Adamo and Alicia Lu founded the Rhode Island Medical Navigator Partnership (RIMNP) to serve chronically homeless Rhode Islanders. Alpert medical students act as advocates for these individuals as they navigate through the health care system: arranging emergency care, visiting them during hospital stays, and even accompanying them to doctors’ appointments. In teams with nursing and social work students, they have worked with more than a dozen clients so far.
In addition to student groups, many medical students take preclinical electives, which are optional and open to all first- and second-years; interests range from MOMs (Medical Students Outreach to Mothers-to-Be) to Healthcare for the Underserved. Like the student groups, many preclinical electives are established by medical students, and every elective has one or more student leaders who work closely with faculty to design and implement the curriculum.