Presented on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Often, however, deliberate and formal efforts to teach social determinants of health (SDH) have been confined to the classroom. Once learners progress into clinical clerkships and residency programs, intentional teaching regarding SDH appears to decline. Learners report concerns that faculty “do not practice what they preach” at the bedside and that the hidden curriculum contradicts what they were taught during preclinical coursework. However, many clinicians and institutions are adjusting their practices to better meet patients’ social needs: what clinician-educators need is a toolkit to help them make SDH visible to their learners at the bedside. In this webinar, Dr. Caruso Brown will explore what is known about the challenges and barriers clinician-educators face regarding clearly identifying, verbalizing, and teaching learners to provide compassionate, holistic care that takes into account the social and structural factors that affect patients’ health and wellbeing. She will then share a toolkit for clinician-educators who seek to overcome these challenges, developed from focus groups with health professions students and interviews with “champion” clinician-educators nominated by students and colleagues for excellence in these domains.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The challenges and barriers that clinician-educators face when teaching social determinants of health in clinical training spaces; and
  • Strategies for overcoming these challenges in clinical education.

Presented By:

Amy E. Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, HEC-C, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and of Pediatrics

Dr. Amy Caruso Brown is an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she directs Patients to Populations, a bioethics and health systems science curriculum for medical students and leads the Upstate Bias Checklist Project. She is also a practicing pediatric hematologist/oncologist and clinical ethics consultant.


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Hosted by the National Collaborative for Education to Address the Social Determinants of Health


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