LSP Requirements

A student wishing to complete a service learning project as the fulfillment of their Longitudinal Scholars' Project (LSP) requirement must follow the same general guidelines as those specified for any other LSP project (i.e. a Student-Mentor Agreement must be completed and approved before any work on the project can begin, and the work must culminate in a poster presentation at an approved venue or at one of the LSP sessions).

If you are interested in what separates a scholarly service learning project from simple community service, read this Community and Global Health Report.

Previous Service Projects

Listed below are brief descriptions of approved service-oriented LSP projects that students have completed and/or are currently conducting.

2017 Interhealth South America

Several students from UT COM Class of 2017 traveled to Ecuador with the Interhealth International program during the summer of 2014. We spent one month total, with our main focus being on health brigades serving the local population.

Two weeks were spent in the Quito, the capital city, where we stayed with local families, took Spanish classes based on our incoming levels, and exploring the local culture. We traveled to Otavalu for one week, a more suburban setting, where we took part in health brigades and took part in native cultural practices, including learning their art of traditional medicine. We had the chance to work one day in a local hospital, where healthcare is free for the locals. In addition to these two cities, we traveled to Napo, part of the Amazon rainforest. While in the Amazon, we had the opportunity to literally trek through streams and take a challenging hike to get to a local rainforest community to provide much needed healthcare for them. During this trip, we were in a group of 20 first year medical students from around the country, along with our program director and several local physicians.

Overall, a well-rounded experience where we got to help local populations as well as enhance our cross-cultural competence and understanding of local practices. Student Contact: Pallavi Nair, M4

Additional Information

To explore other options for fulfilling your LSP requirement, visit the LSP webpage.

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