267790 Integrating medical education with public health training: Exploring the intersection of service and education

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD , Associate Professor & Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
The ongoing debate about how best to tailor processes of care to meet the health needs of our increasingly diverse patient populations makes training future physicians in relevant competencies a priority. This session will outline a longitudinal curriculum, the “Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program” at the University of Illinois College of Medicine that integrates training in patient-centered care with service learning and fosters the development of critically reflective physicians. Active-experiential learning, reflection, application and integration are central pillars of the curriculum. A core thread is students' ongoing involvement with a small cohort of patients, including underserved patients, over the course of their training. Each of the program components builds on concepts and skills necessary for practicing patient-centered medicine. The curriculum includes a service learning program that emphasizes the provision of patient-centered care for underserved and vulnerable populations. The service learning program is organized into five concentrations: domestic violence, geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and immigrant & refugee health, and best exemplifies addressing important public health concerns through health professions education. Utilizing a peer-education model, upper level students also develop and carry out a community-based scholarly project of their interest and aligned with the needs of the community agencies with whom they work. Learners embrace the concepts of patient advocacy, humanism and compassion, and blend it with the art and science of medicine. The presenter will discuss program's key curricular components, evaluation findings, educational implications, and exportability to other settings.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss strategies for teaching medical students to provide patient-centered care to patients. Analyze the benefits and challenges of integrating a longitudinal training in patient-centered medicine into a medical school curriculum. Discuss implications of integrating service learning in medical education to address health needs of vulnerable populations. Design possible ways to apply lessons learned from our experience in their respective settings.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Service Learning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the director of the program and am the principal architect of this educational activity. I provide overall organizational and conceptual oversight of the program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.