It is essential for medical students to develop an understanding of diverse patients and their experiences with healthcare. In particular, it is necessary for medical students to not only understand social and structural determinants of health care but personal social and cultural realities for these patients. This project seeks to understand the ways in which students, community partners and faculty contribute to deeper critical understandings about race among all participants. The course, Health in the Neighborhood, is in its fourth year and we made some modifications to expand the scope of the content and experiences this year. We'd like to evaluate the effectiveness of the course in meeting its goals as well as the overall impact the course has on students.
Overall goals and objectives for project: We'd like to determine if and in what manner the course helps students raise their critical understanding of social determinants of health, our local community, and relationship to healthcare.
We'd also like to concurrently develop a methodology for evaluating courses oriented at promoting racial/social justice in authentic community contexts.
We anticipate having a better understanding of the most beneficial aspects of the course for achieving its goals that can then be applied to curriculum development in the future.
We also will develop an analytical framework of qualitative and quantitative measures to use in future evaluation of curriculum and potentially instruction.
June 2021 - Winter 2022