The mission of the Service Learning Elective is to establish an elective program for medical students that will give transcript credit to students who are involved in community service and professional development activities throughout their years of medical school.

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. Community is defined as any group outside of LSUHSC that will directly benefit from such a service.

Participation in professional development projects also develops that skill set which enhances a physician’s ability to communicate, educate his/her peers, and develop organizational capabilities. For this purpose, the LSU School of Medicine has also approved the Professional Development Elective for transcript credit. It considers professional development to be any administrative activity that is needed to implement a community service activity as well as any peer education programs.