Education – College of Medicine

CBHX 2408 PSR I - Physicians and Social Responsibility I (1 Credit)

This is the first of a two-elective sequence, that establishes a critical, analytic component in conjunction with selected health-related service activities, to provide a robust, service-learning experience for medical students to develop their understanding of and commitment to physicians’ social responsibility. This first elective, Physicians and Social Responsibility I (PSR l) is an eight-session, sixteen-hour seminar elective addressing fundamental knowledge and advocacy skills physicians need to fulfill their social responsibility, both individually and collectively. Course content addresses a variety of topics, including fundamentals of heath systems and financing; impacts of socioeconomic disparities in health and illness; cultural diversity in clinical practice; health outcomes; advocacy skills; structure and effectiveness of the safety net; global health inequities.

Contact James Dwyer at dwyerja@upstate.edu

CBHX 2410 PSR II - Physicians and Social Responsibility II (2-3 Credits)

Physicians and Social Responsibility II (PSR II) is the second part of a two-elective sequence that establishes a critical, analytic component in conjunction with selected health-related service activities to provide a robust, service-learning experience for medical students to develop their understanding of and commitment to physicians’ social responsibility. This elective has two components: Service component: 40 hours of service in a pre-approved setting addressing one of the following: l) providing healthcare for the underserved; 2) providing health care overseas; or 3) advocating for changes in health policy. Optional additional 40 hours for additional credit. Seminar Component: an eight-session, sixteen-hour seminar addressing critical analytic and advocacy skills physicians need to fulfill their social responsibility, both individually and collectively Students will critically analyze their service experiences in light of the fundamental concepts discussed in PSR I and ELSIM. Some content related to student experiences will be presented in a more advanced way than in PSR I (e.g., fundamentals of heath systems/financing; impacts of socioeconomic disparities in health and illness; advocacy skills; structure and effectiveness of the safety net; global health inequities). A substantial portion of the seminar time will be spent with students presenting their critical analyses of issues arising in their service sites.

Contact Kathy Faber-Langendoen at faberlak@upstate.edu

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