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New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”
New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)-- Pulling weeds, painting bathrooms and stuffing envelopes might not seem like a part of a medical student’s education. At the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine it is.

Some 200 first-year medical students – 100 in Grand Rapids and 100 in the East Lansing area – fanned out to about 10 nonprofit organizations in each community Wednesday to volunteer their time. The Afternoon of Service is included in the students’ orientation week to remind them of the college’s mission.

“We think it makes a lot of sense in the first week that they be reminded that the College of Human Medicine has a strong commitment to community service,” Pat Brewer, Ph.D., assistant dean for student development, said. “Our students need to understand that sometimes that means pulling weeds and licking envelopes.”

While the volunteer afternoon is a requirement, “we’d have done it anyway,” said student Jeremy Searls, preparing to paint a bathroom in the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.

Added fellow student Kayli Pioszak, “MSU’s all about serving the community. This is putting it into action.”

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