January 12, 2012 5:43 AM
Most third-year students heading to medical school can’t volunteer on a full-time basis, but Adil Yousuf, Adrienne Roth and Brian Templet can because they are part of the Tulane Accelerated Physician Training Program. The program allows these students to participate in a year of service that is aiding the New Orleans community.
When deciding to join the TAP-TP, the students could take advantage of the faster and cheaper completion of undergraduate and medical degrees, but the real draw was knowing that they would have an opportunity to give back to the community.
“Even if I wouldn’t have been involved with TAP-TP, I would have found another way to serve. Service is really important to who I am,” says Templet, a volunteer with the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana.
After completing two years of undergraduate studies, students are able to choose from the many programs offered through AmeriCorps/VISTA and the Tulane Center for Public Service for one year of service before entering medical school.
Roth, a volunteer with the Kedila Family Learning Services, is involved with coordinating volunteers and grant writing for the after school tutoring and enrichment program. Not only has the experience been rewarding but she loves feeling like a part of the New Orleans community.
Working with Upward Bound has given Yousuf the ability to give back and has improved his communication abilities. “This year I’ve been able to improve my interpersonal skills by coordinating with different organizations and establishing professional relationships — both of which I’ve never really had the chance to do before,” says Yousuf.
All three students are excited to begin medical school at Tulane and are proud of the contributions they have made to the community.
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