The Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program provides students the opportunity to enhance their clinical and teaching skills by working with medically underserved populations. CUP helps medical students learn about community service and gives students insight into how socioeconomic and cultural factors impact health and access to health care.
Working with the CUP volunteer physicians and community partners shows the students the myriad ways to stay involved in service as a physician, regardless of specialty.
CUP programs are student-developed and student-directed.
Community Service Distinction Track
Students interested in CUP should also consider pursuing an MD distinction track in Community Service, which relies heavily on CUP service.