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The Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation Program (HPSISN) was a multi-site, multi-year program designed to explore service learning as a tool for curricular reform within health professions education, and as a method for effectively preparing future professionals for work in a new health delivery system. With sponsorship from the Corporation for National Service and The Pew Charitable Trusts, 20 institutions were invited to participate from 1995 to 1998. The program was administered by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco. A project-wide evaluation was commissioned at the beginning of the second year of the grant program, and an evaluation team based at Portland State University was contracted to design and conduct the evaluation. The HPSISN institutions represented the full spectrum of US higher education: rural and urban, large research and smaller teaching institutions, some with academic health centers, and so on. Findings in this report are based on the work of the 17 institutions who completed the entire program.

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