Current Projects

Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention

Share knowledge and attitudes of adolescents toward tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Alternative Spring Break - International

Participate in this spring break service learning experience.

Best Buddies

Enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mentor a child in your community.

Boys and Girls Club

Work with children at the local Boys and Girls clubs.

Community Leadership Mentoring Program

Develop community leadership skills.

Creative Art Therapy

Learn more about art therapy with healing.

Crispus Attucks Introduction to Science

Provide mentorship at Crispus Attucks Magnet School.

Doctor Camp/Camp MD-AHEC Partnership

Help students' interest in science and medicine.


Gain understanding of health-related needs of vulnerable populations.


Health Education and Empowerment Advocacy Resource Team - West Lafayette

Health Fair

Provide free health care screenings.

Helping Habitat

Help build affordable housing.


Run on behalf of all the children of Riley.

Medical Missions

Help send medical supplies around the world.

Medical Spanish

Reach out to the Spanish-speaking community.

MS1 Class Service Project

Participate in a service-related project during Orientation.

Project Joy

Help plan and lead monthly interactive projects with the geriatric patients

Rock for Riley

Help host a concert for Riley Hospital for Children.

Spring House Calls

Provide home and lawn maintenance for underserved communities.

Student Outreach Clinic

Deliver medical care to the underserved.

Students for the Prevention of Kidney Disease (SPKD)

Spread awareness about kidney diseases.

Adolscent Substance Abuse Prevention


ASAP Logo Project Description

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention has the primary objective of making a positive impact on the knowledge and attitudes of adolescents in the Indianapolis Public Schools towards tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Relationships between organ physiology, a functioning body, and good health are emphasized.
  • Opportunities for adolescents to devise and practice strategies to reject drugs and deal with situations of peer pressures are given.
  • In addition, ASAP provides an important service learning experience for all medical students.
  • It encourages them to develop skills for communicating effectively that will be important to their future practice of medicine.
  • ASAP also encourages and empowers medical students to serve as role models for youth in the community.
  • The first sessions begin in the fall. Sessions run throughout the year, and students can choose how many sessions they would like to attend. Each session lasts about an hour and a half.


Current Co-Chairs

Lisa Fink
Pam O'Dea

Faculty Advisor

Brian Decker, MD

Alternative Spring Break

Project Description


Medical, dental and graduate-level allied health and health professions student volunteers participate in this spring break service learning experience sponsored by the IU Department of Family Medicine's ENLACE Project. Students are engaged in short-term global health infrastructure development, community health initiatives and clinical shadowing opportunities organized by Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA), a non-profit organization working in El Salvador for over 25 years and in partnership with the IU ENLACE Project since 2012. This spring break service learning experience is the most recent expansion of the ENLACE Global Health Project in El Salvador, which currently includes the 4-week Summer Language and Cultural Immersion and the 4-week Global Health Elective in the municipality of Suchitoto, El Salvador.

Sponsoring academic units at Indiana University

Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Co-sponsoring U.S. institutions or organizations, if any

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA). A key component in the ENLACE Project expansion is the collaborative partnership with CoCoDA, the on-the-ground management organization responsible for delivering well-rounded and in-depth educational delegations. CoCoDA sets up key meetings, makes housing arrangements, conducts an in-depth orientation, provides interpretation/translation at all meetings, facilitates reflections spaces and accompanies the group everywhere they go in country.

Current Co-Chair

Sonia, Phadke,

Staff/Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Custer,

ENLACE Global Health Project

Best Buddies

Project Description


Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. The group works with Best Buddies Indiana (office in Indianapolis) and pairs students with resident of Indianapolis, several of whom are residents of group homes. There are two ways to get involved:

  • Participant can be involved with a one-to-one match, where the participant is required to contact their buddy (via email, phone, letter, text) once a week and meet in person twice a month. These meetings can be the scheduled chapter events (i.e. holiday parties, sporting events, picnics, etc.), or they can be done on a buddy pair basis.
  • Participants can also be involved as an associate buddy, where the participant attends chapter activities at their own leisure. In addition, associate buddies can arrange activities with buddies and/or buddy pairs with proper consent.

Current Co-Chairs

Pericles Ioannides

Faculty Advisor

Missy Lah, MD

Richard Schreiner, MD

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Project Description


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a longitudinal one-on-one mentoring program. The IUSM (Indiana University School of Medicine) BBBS group seeks to promote student involvement and will get together with groups of mentoring pairs throughout the year.

Get Involved

Any medical student who can commit to at least one year of being in the Indianapolis area. You can sign up anytime throughout the year. Contact below to get started.

Mentoring occurs on your own time according to your schedule. When you are paired, you will organize your get together with the parents of your little brother / sister.

BBBS is at least a one year commitment with a requirement to meet at least twice per month with your little brother or sister. The IUSM BBBS group will seek to organize a couple events per year to get pairs together.

For more information about this program, contact the Co-Chairs listed below.

Current Co-Chairs

David Burkholder

Boys and Girls Club

Project Description

The purpose of the Boys and Girls Club of America is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." I-BIPP, or the IUSM Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis Partnership Program, works with children and adolescents at the local Boys and Girls Clubs to provide positive role models and promote health education.

We plan on having 1-2 events per semester that focus on aspects preventative medicine and general wellness. The 2015 IU Health initiatives are obesity, PreK education, and access to healthcare and behavioral medicine, so this year's events will focus on these. In the past, we've planned health fairs with multiple SIGs, blood drives, Thanksgiving meals, helmet drives, and much more!

Commitment is minimal, but this is a great and easy way to help local kids and get involved with philanthropy! We need lots of participants, who will only have a 2-3 hour commitment 1-2 times per semester, adding up to around 10 hours total for the year. It's also a fun way to buff your CV!

For more information, contact the group email or one of the co-chairs below!


Leah Oswalt, MS3
Mengmeng Zheng, MS3
Danny Piedmonte, MS3


Community Leadership Mentoring Program

Project Description

  • Community Leadership MentoringProgram (CLMP) offers medical students an opportunity to develop community leadership skills and increase their understanding of non-profit board operations.
  • This is a medical school career commitment and while most students begin in the MS-I year, students may choose to begin in the MS-II year.
  • Training sessions and site visits will be done on weekdays outside of scheduled class time or on the weekends.

What does it involve?

First year, you will have an orientation meeting in November as well as a day-long training session bout what it means to be a medical member on a nonprofit board in January. From there, you will get to choose three nonprofits to visit in the spring.

Second year, you will get to choose your favorite nonprofit and sit in on three board meetings or committee meetings.

Third and fourth year you can be as involved as you like.

How can you apply?

Simply open the google form ( and answer two questions about your previous experiences and why you want to be involved. Each answer should be about one paragraph. Applications will be dueFriday, September 25th, and we will get back to you in mid October to let you know if you were accepted to the program.

Current Co-Chairs

Iris Petersen

Taylor Twiggs

Faculty Advisor

Steve Kirchhoff

Creative Art Therapy

Project Description

  • Creative Art Therapy is a project that familiarizes future physicians about the role of the arts and humanities with healing.
  • Students will gain experience working with diverse patient populations and practice incorporating the arts and humanities as an adjunct in healing.

Activities & Events

  • Yoga for Medical Students: Namaste. Do you want to be a yogi? Did you used to practice yoga before starting medical school or have you always wanted to try it?! Contact IUSM-CAT to sign up for an all medical student Iyengar yoga class with Lorissa Byley, certified yoga instructor. Classes start in the fall and spring and continue for approximately 8 weeks.
  • Creative Art Therapy Lunch Talk Series: Joani Rothenberg, Art Therapy; Dr. Stephen Jay, Musical DNA; Nancy Schalk, Yoga Therapy
  • Reflections publication

To view the Creative Arts Therapy, Reflections publications, visit the student-run webpage.

Jennifer Evan

Christina Pedro

Carla Arellano, Reflections Book Editor

Jeff Rothenberg, MD

Fran Brahmi, MD

Crispus Attucks Introduction to Science

Project Overview


The Crispus Attucks Student Interest Group (CASIG) provides weekly lessons, tutoring, and mentorship to middle and high school students at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School with the mission of getting kids interested in science and medicine.

After school lessons are prewritten and require little to no outside work for volunteers. Come teach the physical exam, pathologies of smoking and drinking, and the physiology of the human body!

Getting Involved

All medical students are welcome and encouraged to participate!

The time commitment can be once a week, every other week, or even a couple days a semester! Whatever works best for you! The kidsreally appreciate your time and friendship and look forward to workingwith you whenever you are available!

After school lessons: Tuesdays 3pm–5pm

Tutoring and mentoring: Mondays and Thursdays 3–5pm



Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School

1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Indianapolis, IN, 46201

Current Co-Chairs:

Taylor Twiggs

Briana McLaughlin

Doctor Camp/Camp MD- AHEC partnership

Project Description

Indianapolis Doctor Camp is a 1 day summer program that encourages interest in science and medicine through fun, interactive learning. The program is designed for inner city and minority students, but is open to all students grades 5-8.

Indianapolis Camp MD is a Medical Detective workshop that explores all the health professions and lasts 2 days. This camp is for high school students with an interest in medicine or any health career.

Medical student in partnership with our local AHEC office lead the "classes" the students take throughout the day for both Doctor Camp and Camp MD. The classes will each have a lesson plan and are fun for both the volunteers and students.

  • Anatomy — Show students human anatomy using models and a skeleton. Talk about how the different parts of the body work.
  • Pathology — Teach students about various organ systems using real plastinated organs. Talk about diseases associated with the systems with an emphasis on diseases related to substance abuse.
  • Neurology — Show students the different parts of a brain using a model. Teach the students about nerves and simple reflexes and show them how to elicit a knee jerk reflex on each other.
  • Radiology — This is an interactive session where students get to learn about radiology and point out basic anatomy and pathology on real x-rays.
  • Physical Diagnosis — Teach students about heart and lung sounds and allow them to listen to each others heart and lungs. Show them how to find a pulse and measure blood pressure.
  • Jeopardy — This is an energy intense activity where we assess what the students have learned throughout the day with a game of Jeopardy.

Camp registration (all camper registration, permission and non-medical student oversight is managed by AHEC)

Current Co-Chairs (Indianapolis)

Lisa Fink

Crystal Heim

Faculty Advisor

Patricia Treadwell, MD


Project descriptions for Fort Wayne and Terre Haute, Doctor Camp/Camp MD


Project Description

Fostering Awareness of the Community by Engaging Students (FACES): Overview

  • Students receive safe opportunities to work with adults experiencing homelessness
  • Students & homeless adults create mutual learning experience
  • Students gain a better understanding of health-related needs of vulnerable populations
    • Homeless adults gain communication tools
    • Despite poor health outcomes and a significant need for primary healthcare services, adults experiencing homelessness often do not seek or receive the medical care they need.
    • Barriers prevent adults experiencing homelessness from utilizing primary healthcare/ receiving quality care,
      • Lack of financial resources
      • No insurance
      • Absence of transportation
      • Competing priorities
      • Provider distrust
    • Feelings of unwelcomeness
    • FACES developed in response to this issue and the demand for improved health service utilization

Faculty Advisors:

Dennis Watson, MD
Greg Wilson, MD


Sherri Huang
Jason Stegink

HEART - West Lafayette


Project Description

The Health Education and Empowerment Advocacy Resource Team (HEART) – West Lafayette

HEART is a Service-Learning initiative dedicated to providing medical students at the IUSM-West Lafayette campus with diverse student-led opportunities rooted in community outreach, patient education and interaction, and general advocacy for health and wellness in the Greater Lafayette community. Their goal is to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged and marginalized populations in the Greater Lafayette area by increasing healthcare access through clinic work and health fairs, promoting wellness through education about nutrition, exercise, and mental health, and also improving the socioeconomic factors that influence healthcare access and patient adherence.

Student Chairs

  • President – Elizabeth Dobben
  • Secretary – Mary Christy
  • Treasurer – Sherene Lattimore
  • MSSG Representative – Zonair Khan
  • Supply Coordinator – Tim Duh

Health Fair

Project Description


Westside Health Fair partnership with Eskenazi Health, and each year we have over 300 community members take part.

The Westside Health Fair is one of the largest service projects at the IU School of Medicine, involving dozens of medical students, who provide free health care screenings and education to residents on Indianapolis’ near west side. The Westside Health Fair takes place each October and is a fantastic opportunity for Student Interest Groups to provide health education and screenings germane to group’s interest.

Additional features of the fair include: free flu shots, raffle prizes, and a town hall meeting.

Medical Student Chairs:

Terre HauteTerre

Terre Haute Community Health Fair is an event that invites leaders of the Terre Haute community to gather to educate area residents about their health and how they can improve it. The Terre Haute Community Health Fair began in 2005 and has been held as an annual event that is now organized by the 2nd year medical students at IUSM Terre Haute.

The health fair targets area residents; however, there are no boundaries when it comes to attendees. In past years, we have helped the young and old, poor and wealthy, as well as the insured and uninsured. Many programs and services are offered at the health fair. In addition to the information about local organizations and services, we offer educational exhibits about personal health, fitness classes, massage therapy, and free health screenings. Past screenings have included vision, hearing, blood sugar, body mass index, and blood pressure. Popular educational exhibits consist of diabetes, nutrition, and osteoporosis as well as fun children's activities to get children of the community excited about health and wellness.

The 2015 Terre Haute Community Health Fair will be held at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club (924 N. 13th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807) on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:30am to 2:30 pm.

Current President: Shaily Patel


Helping Habitat

Project Description:

  • Worksites to help our local Habitat chapter in its effort to fight substandard housing
    • 4-hour shifts---Instant Gratification! You can see your contribution to a family’s new home!
    • Worksites are usually close to the medical center
    • No Experience is needed.
    • If you are interested in Surgery, it is a GREAT way to improve your dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Annual Spring Break and/or Summer Break Trips:
    • Summer Break 2011 Trip: Pensacola, Florida
    • We worked from 8am-3pm and had the opportunity to go to the beach and enjoy the sunshine!
    • Spring Break 2010 Trip: Punta Gorda, Florida
    • Spring Break 2009 Trip: Lakeland, Florida

Current Chair

David Lopez
Austin Stoelting


Project Description


Medals4Mettle at IUSM will partner with Riley Hospital for Children to involve students with Child Life Services. Students will apply online to be a Riley volunteer, and attend a volunteer orientation. Students will commit a maximum of 20 hours per semester to volunteering. Riley Hospital regularly has Special Events, where community groups have an opportunity to come interact with Riley children. It will be at these events that students will have the opportunity to gift medals to children.

Students will spend the academic year training to participate in an end-of-the-semester marathon or half-marathon. The student will run on behalf of all of the children of Riley. After the race, students will attend a Riley Hospital Special Event organized by Medals4Mettle to personally gift their medal to a child.

Community/Organizational Partnership

M4M at IUSM is lucky to have Dr. Steve Isenberg, the Founder and CEO of M4M, as a faculty advisor. We will work closely with Dr. Isenberg and Sally Powell, the Indianapolis M4M Chapter Coordinator, to ensure that M4M at IUSM has a close relationship with the parent organization. Melissa Sexton, the Riley Hospital Child Life Special Events coordinator, has offered to act as a liaison between M4M at IUSM and Riley. Blake Boldon, the executive director of the Monumental Marathon, has pledged to advertise the efforts of an M4M at IUSM group, and to consider offering a discount for M4M students. Alissa Bishel and Sarah Parrish, the co-leaders of the IUSM Running Club, have offered to lend their support to any M4M activities. And of course, Riley Hospital already has a warm relationship with M4M.

Would you like more information on the IUSM Medals4Mettle Service Learning group?

Contact the IUSM CoChairs

Thomas Jetmore
Benjamin Jansen

Faculty Advisor

Steve Isenberg, MD

Medical Missions

Project Overview

The Medical Missions SIG (MMSIG) is an organization that works to send medical staff, supplies, and students to disadvantaged communities around the world. Our goal is to serve and establish rapportw ith the hospitals and patients in those areas. Over the past few years, our main focus has been Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; nonetheless, the future of MMSIG includes expansion to deprived populations in others areas of the world. Through workshops, training sessions, and fundraisers we prepare each medical team for its mission.

Teams consist of medical students, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Sessions are held on campus-time and location announced via email.

Various workshops, skills sessions, and lunch talks occur throughout the year. Vietnam medical mission trips are organized each summer (May-June).

Current Co-Chairs

Nick Race

Faculty Advisor

Mark Tasch, MD
Hai Nguyen, MD

Medical Spanish

Bloomington Project Description

"Realizing the vision of healthy people in healthy communities is possible only if the community, in its full cultural, social, and economic diversity, is an authentic partner in changing the conditions for health."

Taking this statement from the Institute of Medicine to heart, several medical students at the IU Bloomington campus gathered classmates proficient in Spanish and held multiple meetings with local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic administrators to establish a cooperative effort for outreach to the Spanish population of Bloomington. These students acquired certification as medical Spanish interpreters and assist as "on call" interpreters for VIM clinic visits.

Current Co-Chairs

Jared Richards
Clair Milam


Mark Braun, MD
Bloomington Service Learning Page

Indianapolis Project Description

Medical Spanish is a group interested in improving IU medical students' Spanish-speaking skills and their relationships with and interests in the Spanish-speaking community. These interests are accomplished by activities the group schedules throughout the year:

  • Spanish conversation lunches are planned throughout the school year to provide opportunities to practice Spanish-speaking skills with fellow medical students. Participants are usually given vocabulary and/or phrases to act as a guide for facilitating Spanish discussion. Lunches are generally targeted to those with a previous background in Spanish, but no Spanish-speaking skills are required to attend.
  • Guest speaker lunches are also planned throughout the school year to hear native Spanish-speakers as well as those involved in working with the Spanish-speaking community speak on a variety of topics.
  • Beginner and intermediate medical Spanish courses are generally offered in June and July for a minimal fee to medical students. In the past these courses have lasted for four weeks with two, two-hour evening sessions per week. Classes are taught by Spanish interpreters from local hospitals. The courses cover the basics of Spanish with an emphasis on medical Spanish, as well as the culturally appropriate approach to the Spanish-speaking patient.
  • Other activities the group has planned in the past include a dinner and salsa dancing night and co-sponsorship of activities during Global Health Week.

Current Co-Chairs

Akleci McVoy
Cristina Perez


Javier Savilla, MD

Northwest Project Description

The medical Spanish group at Northwest is called H.E.A.L., Hispanic Education Awareness and Leadership. We are a student driven group with the goal of improving health outcomes for the Latino population through improving provider language skills, cultural competency training, and service.

We meet regularly to work on our medical Spanish. Our meetings typically consist of introduction to new vocabulary and conversational practice in small groups. In addition, we provide students the opportunity to shadow a physician in a clinic that serves a Spanish speaking population. We are currently developing more opportunities for students to serve the community.

Current Co-Chairs

Alessandra Ferrera
Rachelle Ford


Margie Rivera-Tomasi

MS1 Class Service Project

Project Description

New student participants are involved in a variety of projects in underserved neighborhoods in and around Indianapolis. Students will get to meet and learn more about a patient population, which they will service in their third and fourth years throughout the state. This voluntary Indianapolis project is held the day before the IUSM Orientation to allow as many new students to participate as possible.

Class of 2019 Project:

Class of 2018 project:

Current Co-Chairs

Jose Pena

Project Joy

Project Description

  • Project Joy offers medical students an opportunity to plan and lead monthly interactive projects with the geriatric patients at Lockefield Village Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
  • Monthly projects include "Adopt a Resident," visits with pets, bingo games, and talent shows.
  • Participants also meet with Lockefield Village therapists and physicians.

Current Co-Chair

Renecia Watkins

Rock for Riley

Project Overview

2015 marked the inaugural year that all Indiana University professional schools on the IUPUI campus will be collaborating to bring you one of the best concerts of the year! All proceeds raised through this event will be donated directly to the Riley Hospital for Children’s NICU division. Come out and support the kids of Indiana and their families by rocking out to an amazing band! The performance will be announced soon, so stay tuned for updates and get ready to ROCK!

Visit Project Website

Spring House Calls

Project Overview

Spring House Calls (SHC) is the largest and oldest service-learning project of the Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Medical Service-Learning . Now in its 20th year, SHC is a service project dedicated to providing home and lawn maintenance for elderly and disabled, minority homeowners in 2 inner-city neighborhoods to the east and west of the IU campus. On March 28, 2015, the SHC group will plant flowers, cut grass, remove weeds, wash windows, and perform maintenance on the homes.

SHC is coordinated, managed, and operated by medical students with guidance and support from the Office of Medical Service-Learning (OMSL).

How can I get involved?

Team Leader - approximate time commitment 6 hours

Your job is to lead a team of volunteers. A pre-event house visit is encouraged, but this should be brief; if a visit is not possible, a confirmation phone call will suffice. Also, a meeting or two will take place before the actual day of service to confirm volunteers and home visits, as well as provide demographic information on the neighbors we will be serving and working with. There may or may not be a wrap-up meeting. All told, this will amount to approximately 2 hours of time outside of the 4 hour SHC event. Leaders are welcome to recruit from outside the medical school to fill their teams with family, friend, etc.

Day-of Volunteer - approximate time commitment: 4 hours

Your job is simple. You show up the day of the event to the Christamore House, learn which team you've been assigned to, meet with your team, load up your supplies, then head to your house.

Typical schedule on the day of the event:

  • 8:30 AM - Check in at the Christamore House
  • 9:00-12:30 PM - Yard maintenance and landscaping at assigned home
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Post-event lunch at the Christamore House (for volunteers and homeowners)

Remember, teams do not need to be composed of just IUSM students; other IUPUI and IU graduate students, friends, family, and anyone else are allowed and encouraged to participate! Also, teams are a great way for SIGs to get involved with service-learning at IUSM.

Feel free to contact any of the co-chairs or email with questions.

Current Co-Chairs

Meredith Faller
Mark Hood

Faculty Advisor

Lisa Harris, MD

We would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their help in making SHC in past years a success.

  • Judge's BBQ

Your Company's Logo Could Be Here. Donations of time, talent, and money are instrumental in the success of Spring House Calls. In the past, area businesses have donated money, landscaping supplies, food, and t-shirts for volunteers and neighborhood residents.

  • Financial contributions in support of SHC can be made to Indiana University a 501(c)(3).
  • Gardening, cleaning, and miscellaneous supplies required to do the home and yard maintenance can be donated.

Student Outreach Clinic

Project Overview

The Student Outreach Clinic is a student initiative to deliver medical care to the underserved. There are now 3 Student Outreach Clinics throughout IUSM.

(Click the locations below to be directly to the individual campus sites)

Indianapolis — IU Student Outreach Clinic — Saturdays, 10a.m. to 2p.m.

South Bend — Navari Student Outreach Clinic — Every other Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Terre Haute — Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic — Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students for the Prevention of Kidney Disease (SPKD)

Project Overview

SPKD (Students for the Prevention of Kidney Disease)

Through volunteer work, SPKD has the opportunity to work with Nephrology mentors early in our medical careers.

Through partnership with the National Kidney Foundation, this outreach program provides resources and screening information on Kidney dysfunction.

SPKD is aimed at underserved areas of Indianapolis. Our goal is to spread awareness and prevent serious health issues that are frequently caused or exacerbated by a lack of health literacy or access to primary care.

The need for a program like SPKD in the community is largely due to the social and community contexts of healthcare. Students who become active in programs like are one step closer to becoming physicians who treat a whole patient rather than just a disease.

Current Co-Chairs

Anna Gaddy
Alex Tuttle
Nichole Landry

Faculty Advisor

Brian Decker, MD