Signature Programs

The three PLC signature programs were developed to provide medical students opportunities to apply their newly acquired skills through various events and programs outside of the classroom. Student experiences through the PLC signature programs support curricular learning objectives, promotes interprofessional networking, facilitates the development of leadership skills, and provides opportunities to care for Miami-Dade’s underserved communities in collaboration with the NeighborhoodHELP program.


In conjunction with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Mission Statement, the purpose of the MedLEAD Program is to provide a platform for medical students to obtain the necessary skills and experiences to lead, inspire a vision, and transform the ever-evolving healthcare system. The PLC MedLEAD Program serves as a means to address the needs of our medical students to gain the necessary leadership and mentorship skills required to be the type of physician HWCOM aims to graduate.

Contact: Scarlet M. Aldana,

Community Service Learning

The PLC Community Service Learning program provides medical students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the sociocultural components of health through service-learning initiatives within NeighborhoodHELP® partnered neighborhoods.

Contact: Elena Alberti

PLC Culinary Medicine Program

The PLC Culinary Medicine Program will provide medical students the opportunity to enhance their academic experience in the context of addressing social determinants of health through enhancing the awareness of nutrition and food in underserved minority communities. During a series of educational and culinary activities - such as the Student Nutrition and Cooking Series (SNACS) - students participating in this program will further develop their understanding of the social determinants of health through collaborations with NeighborhoodHELP, Department of Humanities, Health and Society, and the Community Engaged Physician courses.

Contact: Scarlet M. Aldana