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Physicians for Haiti is currently accepting applications for the second annual Social Medicine Course, "Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness." This three-week intensive course is open to medical students of all levels

 
Cassandra Fox
Replied at 11:46 AM, 13 Jan 2014

Sorry all-- that cut off early.

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Physicians for Haiti is currently accepting applications for the second annual Social Medicine Course, "Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness." This three-week intensive course (running from July 14- August 1, 2014) is open to medical students of all levels with proficiency in French and a passion for social justice in medicine.
It merges a number of unique pedagogical approaches, including field visits, classroom-based presentations and discussions, group reflections, student presentations, films, and bedside teaching. These approaches are utilized to create an innovative, interactive learning environment in which students participate as both learners and teachers.

We hope to advance the entire class' understanding of the interactions between the biology of disease and the social, cultural, economic, and historical factors that influence illness presentation and social experience.

Applications are due by February 1, 2014. More information and applications are on our website, linked below.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,
Casey Fox

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Gambhir Shrestha
Replied at 11:16 AM, 14 Jan 2014

Thank You for the information

Maggie Sullivan
Replied at 10:39 AM, 15 Jan 2014

Thank you, Casey. Do you know if nursing students are also eligible for this course? I would love to promote it within the global health nursing student community. Thanks for letting me know. -Maggie Sullivan

Cassandra Fox
Replied at 11:41 AM, 21 Jan 2014

Thanks for the question, Maggie! While the course was initially geared towards medical students, students from any of the allied health professions are welcome to apply. We are working on building up a collaborative community of health professionals, and would welcome applications from nursing students. Thank you for your help in circulating this opportunity!

Maggie Sullivan
Replied at 11:23 AM, 22 Jan 2014

Thanks so much for following up, Casey. I'll start getting the word out to eligible nursing students! -Maggie

Maggie Sullivan
Replied at 1:20 PM, 26 Jan 2014

Casey, we have a question from an economist in our nursing community about this opportunity (http://www.ghdonline.org/nursing/discussion/social-medicine-course-in-haiti--...). If you don't know the answer to this, can you point me in the right direction to someone who might? Here's the question below:

"Could someone please tell me is this course run separately or together with HÔPITAL UNIVERSITAIRE DE MIREBALAIS | PARTNERS IN HEALTH? When I was lucky enough to chat with Paul Framer [sic] for 20 minutes last summer I understood he had a vision to make Mirebalais an open source training college as much as possible - it would seem to me to be wasteful to promote courses out of Haiti separated from the network that so many people hope is the most collaborative bottom up health network on the planet http://wholeplanet.tv"

Lucia González
Replied at 1:48 PM, 26 Jan 2014

Very interesting course but I am not able to attend. Does anybody know any of the same sort on line?
Thank you
Lucia

Cassandra Fox
Replied at 2:08 PM, 26 Jan 2014

Thanks for passing along the question, Maggie!

To answer--While the course is not run by Partners in Heath, Physicians for Haiti works closely with PIH to implement it. Last year, the course included a visit to the Mirebalais Hospital, and guest lectures by several PIH staff, including Paul Farmer himself. Additionally, one of the Course Directors/professors is also Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante's Director of Medical Education Planning at the Mirebalais Hospital.

As the Mirebalais Hospital is in the process of getting its residency program up and running, they have not had the capacity to branch into medical education for pre-residency students. Physicians for Haiti fills this gap, and works closely with PIH and the Mirebalais University Hospital to address this need.

I hope this answers the question! Please feel free to contact me at with any other questions or concerns.

Best,
Casey

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