Southern Illinois University

The Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine provides medical training to Illinois residents, especially those from rural areas, in an effort to improve care in rural communities. Students take required courses in medical humanities and complete a practicum with a community health agency. About a third of graduates go into primary care. The university also offers MEDPREP, a program…

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine has a student-led Social Mission Committee that aims to improve health equity. The committee has advocated for social mission to be incorporated into the curriculum, partook in service in the Nashville area, mentored pre-medical students at HBCUs and established a Certificate in Health Equity, among other achievements.  Beyond the SMC, Vanderbilt’s curriculum focuses on improving health…

University of North Dakota

University of North Dakota (UND) has made an explicit commitment to rural and indigenous populations in its diversity statement. The medical curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education and students can choose between traditional clerkships, up to 24 weeks in rural primary care, and a 44 week longitudinal experience including rural family medicine. UND also has various community research partnerships. UND also houses…

Florida International University

Resource Repository >> Social Mission Case Example The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU, a Hispanic-serving institution, explicitly incorporates diversity and social accountability in its mission statement. It is the second most diverse medical school in the United States.   The MD curriculum is community-based and includes social accountability competencies. There are interest groups for students of color, religious…