COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC)
The COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC) offers students the opportunity to engage in a remote service-learning model to both promote social distancing and address urgent health systems concerns.
CSSC seeks to:
- Support health systems and their patients, workforce, and communities facing the COVID-19 pandemic through interprofessional student service-learning projects
- Understand the needs of local health systems and utilize the diverse skillsets of volunteer health care professional trainees and their faculty mentors
Become a CSSC Volunteer
You can sign up for volunteer opportunities by completing this online form:
Provide staffing support of clinical health professionals for a community informational line about COVID-19.
Work with principal investigators who are engaged in time-sensitive COVID-19-related projects.
Produce high-quality, summarized, and digestible resources on the COVID-19 pandemic and management for patients, families, faculty, and students, and supports the technological and publishing needs of other service projects. Teams within the Information Services project include:
- Patient Education and Design
- Language Translation
- Literature Assessment and Summary
- Web Design
Work to enhance the virtual curriculum to ensure high-quality ongoing curricular experiences for preclinical medical students.
Support the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members through projects such as:
- Hero Meals—a service that supports local restaurants and business by fundraising to employ a lean staff to provide nutritious, comforting fare to hospital staff working the front lines.
- Virtual Community-Building projects, such as yoga and meditation.
Work with relevant stakeholders to prepare students for possible clinical and nonclinical back-up staffing roles in the pandemic.
Give providers with high-risk populations, via CSSC students, the opportunity to communicate anticipatory guidance about COVID-19 and provide guidance for when to seek care.
Organize procurement, donation, and manufacturing of personal protective equipment from interested parties in the community.
Connect health care professionals with existing childcare services (not students) and seeks to grow the network of services.
Engage in remote monitoring of COVID-19-positive patients after discharge. This project uses students with clinical training and licensed supervision.
Work with outpatient clinics to rapidly onboard patients onto institutional telehealth platforms, allowing for more efficient clinic flow and reduction in in-person encounters.
Provide staffing support for the hospital service tasked with receiving calls and following potential cases of COVID-19 among staff and providers.
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To support CSSC with monetary donations, please visit the Office of Development
For inquiries about donating personal protective equipment (PPE), please email