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August 03, 2017
Before beginning their rigorous course of study, first-year medical students at Midwestern University participate in an annual day of service. This year, 204 new students at the University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) assisted senior citizens, packed food, cleared brush and more as part of their orientation program. The students completed the following projects:
- sorted, and packaged food at the Feed My Starving Children in Aurora;
- assisted with book distribution at a Back to School Fair for SCARCE in Wheaton;
- improved exhibits at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville;
- helped a local congregation fill goodie bags and bring letters to Lombard residents;
- cleared brush and performed general maintenance at Little Friends, Lyman Woods, and the Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove; the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Female Veterans in Wheaton; the Village of Itasca; and St. James Farm in Warrenville
Participation in service projects gives students first-hand experience with the needs of the community they will one day serve as health professionals. The projects also reflect a University-wide commitment to community service.