TIME: Disparities and Inequities in Health and Health Care

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.

Course Goals

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.

Course Director

Errol Fields, MD PhD MPH

  • Director, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Z. Sequean Mahnke
Assistant Director, SOURCE


Pamela McCann
Senior Medical Training Program Administrator
Email: p[email protected]

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for 20 hours over 3 days.
Typical schedule for TIME: Disparities and Inequities in Health and Health Care:

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
12 NOON      
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