In addition to being one of the leading medical research institutions in the nation, Tufts University has also been a cornerstone of the Boston medical community since its inception in 1893. To that end, the Tufts University’s Community Service Learning center combines the values of high-quality medical care and civic service through programs such as the Sharewood Project.
Founded by a group of first-year medical students in 1997, the Sharewood Project is a volunteer-run health clinic catering to underserved communities in the Boston area. Sharewood now serves more than 750 patients annually, a majority of whom were born outside of the U.S. and are unfamiliar with the healthcare system. In addition to providing services such as confidential HIV/STD testing, health insurance application counseling, and medical screenings, the Sharewood Project also provides an invaluable hands-on learning experience in for medical students.