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Med students complete summer community health project

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids.

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

This summer, medical students spent more than 4,500 combined hours of service in the community.

Rising second-year medical students were part of the eight-week Waite Brand Community Health Project, a summer work-study program that pairs medical students between their first and second years with local social service agencies.

For medical students, it’s their last free summer of college before they begin year-round clinical rotations and they could spend it doing anything they want.

From May to July, these 15 students spent roughly 300 hours each at one of 11 sites throughout Northwest Ohio. They were Reynolds Elementary School, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, ProMedica, Feed Lucas County Children, Cherry Street Mission, YWCA of Northwest Ohio, Prescribed Pediatric Center, Mercy Health, UT CommunityCare Clinics and The University Church Garden.

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