Interprofessional Service-Learning Course

This one-credit, zero billing hour interprofessional course links the experiential with the theoretical by providing hands-on professional experience in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s surrounding community.  Students from all University programs are encouraged to enroll in this course.  Providing true service-learning is the ultimate goal of this course in which students will learn by providing the expressed need of the community.  Students will learn how community health programs run, how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with patients/clients, and to report back their findings to peers and supervisors. 

Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.  Reflection is a key element of service-learning.  It is what differentiates service-learning from community service.  Equally important in differentiating service-learning from community service is reciprocity between the person providing the service and the person receiving the service.  Through the reciprocity associated with service-learning students gain a better sense of belonging to that community while community members are empowered to address and advocate for their own needs.

Service Option

In addition to completing trainings and service, students are required to reflect on the service-learning experience in both informal group reflections and formal written reflections. 

Gilchrist/Joseph Richey Hospice 

Gilchrist/Joseph Richey Hospice provides compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, as well as for their loved ones. Volunteers with Gilchrist/Joseph Richey are an important part of a larger team who recognize that medical/clinical care for patients in the last stages of life, along with psychological, spiritual, and social services for patients and families can contribute to improved life quality.

Students may serve a variety of roles with Gilchrist/Joseph Richey Hospice. Perhaps the most dramatic impact on quality of life a service-learning students can provide for a patient is through the immediate, hands-on experience of Patient Support. After completing a brief service-learning orientation and hospice training, students will explore hospice care from a patient-centered approach by providing companionship, conversation, leisure activities or a quiet, caring presence. You will also use your education and/or area of expertise to aid patients and program Gilchrist/Joseph Richey Hospice staff.