MED661SM.11 (Las Vegas)
Service Learning

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Service Learning
  • Short Name: MED661SM.11 Service Learning
  • Course Number: MED661SM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Department: Office of Medical Education: Las Vegas
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptor: Kate Martin, M.D.

Please contact the Office of Medical Education: Las Vegas to verify elective availability.


  • Provide a rigorous, in-depth scholarly experience
  • Experience satisfaction with scholastic activity/research experience
  • Provide experience/environment that fosters interest in service learning and public health
  • Produce students who can function as independent investigators
  • Apply principles of service learning to solve community health problems
  • Communicate ideas/results in a well-written report and presentation
  • Conduct health needs assessments at both the individual and community level, including analysis of social, political and bureaucratic barriers that impede health promotion efforts.
  • Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Explain the influence of environmental factors on the health of the public.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of oral and written communication skills.

Description of Rotation

There is some variation based on the location of the rotations. Generally, the rotations will consist of the student(s) working in interdisciplinary teams to provide services in a combination of underserved clinics, an oral health program, community outreach programs, coordinated health screenings.

Within the underserved clinics, the student(s) will perform complete history-taking and physical exams on a variety of patients; assist in clinical assessment and management of patients, assist in patient education and community resource allocation, collaboration with interdisciplinary medical teams in vaccine administration, telephone triage assistance, in-house laboratory testing/ spirometry testing, and procedural assistance with preceptor.

In the oral health programs, the student will meet with juvenile patients and families who receive oral health services in an ambulatory surgical center. The student will work to understand the needs of this population, the rational/justification for such services and observe such services in the surgical setting.

Available activities within the community health outreach programs vary by the program. Participating can be tailored by the student within the programs.

For health and eligibility services, the student(s) when possible will complete intake screenings and eligibility assistance with a Medicaid eligibility worker to aid in the understanding of the Medicaid program of Nevada and national level.

The student(s) will complete all requirements of the elective including weekly reflection assignments, scholarly project, all evaluations of the program and the student electronic portfolio before the Scholarly Concentrations are granted.


Additional references in program outline.

Evaluation Method

Based on student participation, appropriate completion of course requirements, feedback from team.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Can be applied toward Scholarly Concentration in Service Learning.

4 weeks (160 hours)