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Medically-related Involvement Opportunities

Read more about special opportunities for community involvement that may be of special interest for medical students.

American Diabetes Association, Speakers Bureau

The Bureau acts as a ready pool of knowledgeable volunteers who are ready to out into the community (via health fairs, senior homes, luncheons, etc). While a basic understanding of diabetes is preferred, ADA provides comprehensive training to these speakers and will continuously educate and update participants on necessary information.

BCHD Needle Exchange Program

An HIV/ AIDS Hepatitis C prevention program that offers intravenous drug users risk reduction education to reduce the spread of HIV/ AIDS and other infectious diseases. This mobile van unit delivers services at 15 sites around the city.

Bienestar Baltimore

This student-run group is dedicated to serving the needs of East Baltimore’s Latino community by offering a variety of health education, promotion, and screening services. They work closely with faculty from both the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, as well as community leaders, to ensure that volunteers provide quality services to the community.  Partner organizations include SOURCE, the Esperanza Center, Baltimore Medical Systems, CASA de Maryland, Adelante Familia, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Eastern Chest Clinic, and the Latino Provider Network.

CASE: Community Adolescent Sex Education

Through the Sexual Health Awareness program, CASE volunteers educate teenagers at Dunbar Middle School about their bodies and about the positive use and expression of sexuality. It is intended to increase self-esteem, improve relationships, and decrease the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs.

HIV Big Buddies Program

The HIV Big Buddy/ Little Buddy Program is a unique student-run group that partners students with children who've been infected with HIV from birth, in collaboration with the Harriet Lane/ IPC Clinic here at Hopkins. We provide dedicated friendship and mentoring to these children, most of whom are in great need of consistent support, compassion and role modeling. Ages of the children range from young school age to late teens.

HIV Counseling & Testing Program

In this highly competitive program, volunteers will work at one of three clinics in the East Baltimore area to test clients for HIV. After undergoing extensive training, volunteers will be certified as HIV Counselors in the state of Maryland, and will be required to work at least two, 3-4 hour shifts per month. To help support students in the program, build community among the volunteers, and create a rich service-learning environment, student volunteer counselors will be required to participate in quarterly discussion groups and reflection activities.

Incentive Mentoring Program

The Incentive Mentoring Program fosters the academic and personal growth through tutoring, team-building, and field trips. Volunteers also help students design and participate in monthly community service projects to benefit others.

MD Citizen’s Health Initiative/Health Care for All!

Maryland Health Care for All is a broad-based coalition of 1,100 faith, labor, business and community groups that have been working to guarantee all Marylanders access to quality, affordable health care.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.

Planned Parenthood of MD seeks volunteers who are dedicated to reproductive health. Opportunities include, but are not limited to interviewing patients, health education, participation in the speakers bureau, research and data analysis, computer data management, and clinical family planning services (for those who can make long-terms commitments).

Health Leads

Stationed at help desks within hospitals, clinics, and emergency departments, Health Leads volunteers connect families to local resources to meet their needs for food, housing, and other social services. This helps clients to achieve stability and better health.

SAGE: Service and Awareness through Geriatric Education

SAGE is based on the premise that it is our responsibility to diminish elder loneliness. At the heart of the program is also the idea that for medical and nursing students, spending time in the homes of older adults is an ideal way to become more sensitive, compassionate healthcare professionals.

Shepherd’s Clinic, Joy Wellness Center

The Shepherd's Clinic provides quality, low-cost primary health care to those who are medically uninsured, helping people who are unable to afford commercial health insurance and who do not qualify for government assistance in Central Baltimore. The Clinic relies on the generosity and dedication of hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses, professionals, retirees, students and others to make these services possible.

For more opportunities (including one-time and short-term positions), be sure to sign up for our SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop for regular updates. Email with “Subscribe” in the subject line.