Mercer University School of Medicine strongly encourages service and learning experience for all medical students.
Mercer Missions are specially organized projects encouraged by the school for faculty, staff, and student participations. Projects may last days to weeks in length and may be either part of a curricular offering or be voluntary in nature and are intended to be transformational in their impact on students. All projects are planned with a purpose to serve disadvantaged people by providing education and health care in a direct, culturally sensitive manner, while learning about another country's culture, environment, and health systems. Team members are volunteers and are recruited to join a team of pre-professional and health professional school/college students to deliver acute medical care in mobile clinics in rural, underserved areas.
Service is planned where possible to include experiences as a team member, such that each student participates in every aspect of the healthcare process: clinic set-up, patient intake, vital signs, clinic coordination, diagnosis/treatment, pharmacy distribution, and patient education.
Student service is always directly supervised by a faculty member teaching clinical and personal skills vital for a health care provider in the U.S. healthcare system.
- Actual learning in our clinics involves each student participating in every aspect of the care process.
- Students become more aware of health disparities when they return to their own surroundings.
- Students' participation in these projects gives them personal experience that may allow continuation into their professional practice lives.
- Students serving the health care needs of refugees and others who seek care gives them a deep appreciation and understanding of what a community physician is and does.