Columbia COVID-19 Student Service Corps: Harnessing Student Skills and Galvanizing the Power of Service Learning. Academic Article uri icon


  • The COVID-19 pandemic in New York City led to the forced rapid transformation of the medical school curriculum as well as increased critical needs to the health system. In response, a group of faculty and student leaders at CUIMC developed the COVID-19 Student Service Corps (Columbia CSSC). The CSSC is an inter-professional service-learning organization that galvanizes the skills and expertise of faculty and students from over twelve schools and programs in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is agile enough to shift and respond to future public health and medical emergencies. Since March 2020, over thirty projects have been developed and implemented supporting needs identified by the health system, providers, faculty, staff and students as well as the larger community. The development of the CSSC also provided critical virtual educational opportunities in the form of service learning for students who were unable to have any in-person instruction. The CSSC model has been shared nationally and nine additional chapters have started at academic institutions across the country.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • November 2020