This three-day course occurs immediately after orientation in Year One. The students hear talks from experts from the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, legislators and community activists, and engage in small-group discussions with their peers. Activities include a tour of Baltimore City and an afternoon engaged in service learning with a community organization.
By the end of this course, the students will have:
- Improved awareness of the effect of social needs and demands on care of patients,
- Improved knowledge of existence of health care disparities and the demographic influences on health care quality and effectiveness,
- Developed self-awareness of personal biases in the approach to health care delivery, and
- Improved cultural competency communication skills.
April Fitzgerald, M.D.
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for 20 hours over 3 days.
Typical schedule for TIME: Health Care Disparities and Service Learning:
|TIME||DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3|
|8:30 AM||Course Overview
Talks: Social Determinants of Health; Achieving Health Equity in Maryland
|Talks: Changing the Food Environment, Literacy and Health Care, Racial Disparities in Diabetes Control||Small Groups: Post service learning reflections|
|10:00 AM||Bus Tour||Small Groups: "Worlds Apart" Trigger Tape||Talks: Adherence & Health Disparities;
Medical Student IAT Results
Community Leader Speed Networking
|1:00 PM||Small Group: Cultural Competence Case Discussion||Off-Site Service Learning||MS II presentations|
|3:00 PM||Talk: Limited English Proficiency||Course Wrap-up|
|4:00 PM||Talk: CLAS Standards|
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