Service Learning Electives (Community Service 420/Professional Development 421)
Mission: To establish an elective program for medical students that will give transcript credit to those involved in community service and professional development activities.
Educational Value: Participation in service programs develops several skills such as organization, leadership, communication, and the ability to teach. In addition, such activities allow students to gain insight into the diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups within our community. For this purpose, the LSU School of Medicine approved the Community Service Elective for transcript credit.
Participation in professional development projects enhances a physician’s ability to communicate, lead, educate peers, and develop organizational capabilities. For this purpose, the LSU School of Medicine has also approved the Professional Development Elective for transcript credit.
Projects: For an activity to be deemed acceptable for credit it must meet all of the requirements listed below. A committee has been established to manage the regulations of these electives and approval of all projects. This committee consists of the faculty advisor, the Vice-Presidents for Community Affairs, the class secretaries, and past members of the SLE committee. If a project is approved, it must be able to be monitored in order to establish the amount of credit for each event. Recording hours will be the responsibility of the student (project coordinator) in charge of that particular activity.
- Community Service (CSE)
- Projects meet CSE criteria if they directly benefit any community that is not LSUHSC
- Professional Development (PDE)
- Projects meet PDE criteria if they directly or indirectly facilitate student learning and/or serve the LSUHSC community
- PDE is earned through service to the school and to one’s peers
- CSE: Credit for CSE approved activities will be designated as one point per hour of direct community service
- PDE: Credit for PDE approved activities falls into two categories based on the nature of the project. Activities will be designated Direct or Indirect. Activities that contribute more towards the objectives of the elective and which facilitate direct peer-to-peer interaction will be awarded more credit per hour (PDE-Direct). Activities which may not have as large an impact on peer education or professional development but are still considered worthwhile are given a lower factor (PDE-Indirect).
- Direct Service receives 2 points per hour
- Ex: Proctoring anatomy practicals, peer tutors (only if unpaid), admissions tour guides, Student Run Homeless Clinic Team Leaders, skills lab proctors, BLS Instructors, leading committee meetings, etc.
- Indirect Service receives 1 point per hour
- Ex: Setting up anatomy practicals, serving as an interest group officer, fundraising for Camp Tiger, serving on a committee, BLS Instructor training, Class Officer duties, attending committee meetings, arranging presentations for interest groups, etc.
- Direct Service receives 2 points per hour
Advisors: LSU Faculty members must be available to monitor the type of work done by students who are participating in this course. For each activity that is approved, the mentor must be aware of the activity and be available to answer any questions that may arise concerning that activity.
Structure of the SLE Committee:
- 9 member committee with 2 co-chairs: the SGA VP of Community Affairs and another member of the SLE committee which shall be slated by the committee at the end of each academic year. The second co-chair must have at least two years of experience on the SLE committee.
- L1 VP of CA and L2 VP of CA: will help to maintain contact information for all approved projects
- L3 VP of CA and L4 VP of CA: will act as flexible members of the committee
- SGA VP of CA: will serve as committee co-chair and be responsible to call meetings as needed
- Class Secretaries: will be responsible for maintaining spreadsheet information for members of that class who are participating in the SLE program.
- Any member of the committee can retain membership and act as a source of information, but if they do not retain their class position they will not be a voting member.
- SLE committee will meet a minimum of two times per academic semester. Meetings will be announced to the classes at least one week in advance.
Requirements for Receiving Credit:
- CSE 420 and PDE 421 must be earned together in order to receive Service Learning Elective credit
- Community Service Elective 420: Minimum of 50 total points
- The maximum credit that can be received for any given activity under CSE is 50 points per project per academic year
- Professional Development Elective 421: Minimum of 50 total points
- The maximum credit that can be received for any given activity under PDE is 100 points per project per academic year
- An additional 100 points must be earned from a combination of CSE and PDE for a grand total minimum requirement of 200 points.
- Student organizations and individual students may submit project proposals via the SGA website. In order to do this, the proposal information must be filled out completely and the project must have an LSU faculty member willing to serve as advisor for the project. The proposal form must be completed by someone in a position of leadership that explains how the project satisfies CSE or PDE criteria. Projects must be made available to the LSU medical school community through a school organization or class-wide announcement.
- Project proposals will be evaluated by the SLE Committee in a timely manner
- Project coordinators will be contacted by an SLE Committee Co-Chair with regards to the status of their proposal
- All approved projects will be posted on the SLE website
To Reiterate the Goals of the Service Learning Elective Program:
- To encourage students to develop a habit of community service
- To encourage upperclassmen to stay involved in their previous projects and assume leadership roles
- To foster exposure to a variety of community service ideas and experiences
- To facilitate professional development with skills such as organization and leadership, which can be applied to a future career in medicine
Amending the SLE Bylaws:
- A two-thirds (⅔) vote of the members present at any SLE Committee meeting is necessary to pass an amendment to the SLE Bylaws