by Office of Communications
New students at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in a day of service as part of their orientation program.
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, raised awareness, and more as part of their orientation program. The students completed the following projects:
- inspected, sorted, and packaged food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Wheaton Food Pantry, and Humanitarian Service Project;
- raised awareness for Family Shelter Service and sorted school supplies for SCARCE;
- prepared a menu and meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield;
- helped a local congregation prepare for an upcoming 5K by filling race bags and alerting the local residents of street closures;
- assisted the residents with BINGO at the DuPage Convalescent Center;
- 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. As a testament to Midwestern University’s dedication to service, the University has earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the last several years. This award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement.