As medical students, most of our time is spoken for – tests, exams, coursework, studying, clinical duties. The list can go on and on. Volunteering our time at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic is just one way for us to escape the stresses and pressures of school to feel part of the community and to participate in something bigger than ourselves.

Here’s what volunteering means to us. 

""During school it is easy to fall into the trap of becoming too self centered. Volunteering helps remind me that the main goal of any healthcare professional is to give back to the community and focusing on others should be in the center of my education.""

− John Bryant, MS1

"For me, volunteering is about connecting with the community around me and feeling a sense of belonging to a team with a common goal."

− Stephanie Trenkner, MS1

"Growing up in rural Shipshewana, IN, I always thought that I would give back to my community by volunteering my time and resources to the uninsured and underserved population. My experience during third year and at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic has only strengthened that commitment."

− Michelle Kerr, MS3