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The Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars Program: A Collaborative Model for Preclinical Training in Social Medicine

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Salina Bakshi ,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Aisha James,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Marie Oliva Hennelly,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Reena Karani,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Ann-Gel Palermo,

Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Andrea Jakubowski,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Chloe Ciccariello,

Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Holly Atkinson

The Arnhold Global Health Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Abstract

Background

Despite the importance of the role social justice takes in medical professionalism, the need to train health professionals to address social determinants of health, and medical trainees' desire to eliminate health disparities, undergraduate medical education offers few opportunities for comprehensive training in social justice. The Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Scholars Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a preclinical training program in social medicine consisting of 5 components: a didactic course, faculty and student mentorship, research projects in social justice, longitudinal policy and advocacy service projects, and a career seminar series.

Objectives

The aim of this article is to describe the design and implementation of the HRSJ curriculum with a focus on the cornerstone of the HRSJ Scholars Program: longitudinal policy and advocacy service projects implemented in collaboration with partner organizations in East Harlem. Furthermore, we describe the results of a qualitative survey of inaugural participants, now third-year medical students, to understand how their participation in this service-learning component affected their clinical experiences and professional self-perceptions.

Conclusion

Ultimately, through the implementation and evaluation of the HRSJ Scholars Program, we demonstrate an innovative model for social justice education; the enduring effect of service-learning experiences on participants' knowledge, skills, and attitudes; and the potential to increase community capacity for improved health through a collaborative educational model.

How to Cite: Bakshi, S., James, A., Hennelly, M.O., Karani, R., Palermo, A.-G., Jakubowski, A., Ciccariello, C. and Atkinson, H., 2015. The Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars Program: A Collaborative Model for Preclinical Training in Social Medicine. Annals of Global Health, 81(2), pp.290–297. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2015.04.001
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Published on 16 Jun 2015.
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