Enrichment Programs

A student talks to a visitor at United to Serve and takes notes on a clipboard
A student talks with a visitor at United to Serve, a community outreach event.

There’s more to a medical education at UT Southwestern Medical Center than the basic classroom work and the outstanding clinical training program. We also offer enrichment programs that will round out your knowledge of medicine – and enhance your life.

Learning Through Service

Community service activities allow students to solidify their clinical skills and help support their natural inclination to serve and provide compassionate care. Many students choose a service learning elective or an international service learning elective, while others use their free time to volunteer at community clinics or participate in community service activities, such as the weekly Monday Clinic, the annual United to Serve health fair, and more. Some of the community service opportunities available to students include:

Community Action Research Track (CART)

Associated with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the for-credit CART Program offers medical students opportunities to:

  • Promote healthier behaviors
  • Address key health issues within communities
  • Engage in service-learning activities with underserved populations

Immunization Roundup

Every spring the Pediatric Interest Group joins local leaders and nurses to provide free immunizations and general health screenings at a Dallas-area elementary school.

Science Mentoring and Tutoring

UT Southwestern students help middle and elementary school students unravel the mysteries of science at two nearby schools.

STD Lectures

First- and second-year medical students provide information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to Dallas middle school students to help stop the spread of STDs and give adolescents the information they need to protect themselves.

The Monday Clinic

A great interactive learning environment for students, this free weekly clinic for adult patients is operated by volunteer medical students from UT Southwestern under the supervision of UT Southwestern physicians.

United to Serve Health Fair

A UT System-wide day of service is held in April each year. The United to Serve Health Fair includes health screenings, presentations about how the body works, games, and prizes for the kids. 

Noncredit Electives

Our program of noncredit electives enables students to enrich their medical school experience with a range of courses applicable to medicine. You’ll have opportunities to explore literature and medicine, health care economics, basic elements of research, and medical law, to name just a few topics.


Augmenting the curriculum are many opportunities for students to enhance their clinical skills while exploring various specialties.

During the summer following the first year, many students participate in clinical preceptorships in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine, or learn to care for children with diabetes at Camp Sweeney. The Community Medicine Fellowship Program introduces students to community-based participatory research addressing health care needs of the underserved.

Day with a Doc

The Day with a Doc Program is a great chance to shadow a UT Southwestern graduate now practicing in the community and learn more about a particular specialty and a typical day as a physician. UT Southwestern has many alumni who practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have signed up to participate Day with a Doc. Access is restricted to UT Southwestern Medical School students.

Shadowing in the ER

Shadow a fellow in Parkland Hospital or Children’s Medical Center ER on Friday and Saturday nights. Students who have participated said they felt the doctors were energized by their presence and were instrumental in drawing clinical correlations to first-year material. Sign-Up Sheet