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Volunteerism is an integral part of the culture on the CMSRU campus.

Community & Social Health: Service Learning

Service to the community is a core component of CMSRU’s mission and an integral part of the culture on our campus. All CMSRU students are required to engage in a minimum of 40 hours of service each academic year in community-based projects that support residents of Camden. This commitment not only reflects what we believe is a professional responsibility of those in medicine, but also, our belief that the community has much to teach students about what it means to provide compassionate, empathic, and high quality health care.


By spending time in neighborhood sites and engaging with Camden residents, CMSRU students directly observe and analyze social conditions and qualities of individual and community environments that can potentially drive behaviors and influence health status, health maintenance, treatment, and healing. As service learning, all students participate in small group discussion sessions and complete reflections essays to consider their community experiences as they develop their personal approach to healthcare delivery, spending time in the Cooper Rowan Clinic (the student-run free primary care clinic), as well as their clinical rotations in the inpatient and outpatient settings.


As the landscape of the healthcare delivery system continues to evolve and change, we believe that addressing social determinants of health is increasingly vital in the delivery of effective care services. This component of the CMSRU curriculum is designed to not only train students on the variance and effects of these characteristics, but also to prepare students to uphold the commitment to service, advocacy, and excellence of care to vulnerable patients and communities.


Current CMSRU service learning program fall under the following service domains:

• Health/Social Outreach
• Tutoring/Student Mentoring
• Community Engagement
• Youth Activity/Fitness


Health/ Social Outreach

Volunteers of America (VOA) Addictions Treatment Center
Cathedral Kitchen
Cooper Social Outreach
ESL Class at Center for Family Services
Camden Prenatal Collaborative
Sidekicks at CMSRU
Street Medicine Outreach
Play Pals at CMSRU

Tutoring/ Student Mentoring

• Boys and Girls Club of Camden County
CAMP (Cooper After-School Mentoring Program)
Head Start/Born to Read Program
Science on Saturdays: Upward Bound for English Language Learners
Primary Urban Partnership (PUP) at Wiggins Elementary School
Primary Urban Partnership (PUP) at ECO Charter School
JUMP High Academy
Tutor Time
Brimm Medical Arts High School
Kids' Alley

Community Engagement

Camden Green and Clean
Cooper Sprouts Community Garden

Youth Activity/ Fitness

Camden Youth Soccer Club (CYSC)
Steve's Club: Heart of Camden
Girls on the Run
Cooper Youth Arts Program (YAP)