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TIME: Health Care Disparities and Service Learning

Health Care Disparities

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

Photo of Dr. Rachel Lyn Johnson Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.

Thornton, Rachel Lyn Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Time Commitment and Course Length

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

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 Break



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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