Baltimore Region Community ProgramsTitle: Medical Breakaway
Description: Medical BreakAway is a nonprofit organization established by medical students at the University of Maryland. The organization provides opportunities for medical students of all years to volunteer in a rural community during Spring Break. The program emphasizes both medically oriented volunteer work and socially related community service projects. We hope that this will not only be a way to provide service but also be an educational opportunity for students to become more familiar with medicine in a rural setting.
Most recently, trips have been to Wendover, KY, home of the Frontier Nursing Service. During spring break, School of Medicine students shadow doctors, nurse practitioners, and home health aides. Students also participate in community service projects at the local elementary school and at the Frontier Nursing Service. At the elementary school, students teach children about nutrition, smoking education, and college interest.
As of 2008, Medical Breakaway has expanded their services to daycares and nursing homes.
Services Provided: Health education
Client type: Children,Teenagers,Adults,Elderly,Chemically addicted,Elementary school students,Middle school students,High school students,College students
Physical Location: Off Campus
School System Served:
Service Location: Various rural locations.
Program Timeframe: Date specific