Addressing a Gap in Medical School Training: Identifying and Caring for Human Trafficking Survivors Using Trauma-Informed Care

Date of Review: April, 2024

This educational material, from MedEd Portal, was presented to graduating 4th-year medical students to prepare them prior to residency in identifying Human Trafficking survivors and subsequently providing trauma-informed care–addressing an especially important gap in medical school education. It entails a 2-hour synchronous session including didactic lectures by expert speakers and small-group discussions guided by a clinical vignette. Presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can also be shared in-person. Furthermore, it can be easily adapted for the education of any graduate student or health care worker, not just medical students. Finally, while the didactic was presented by experts in the field, the shared powerpoint is detailed enough and has speaker notes that any facilitator can present. The curriculum also comes with extra/additional case scenarios if an institution wishes to extend the session further and continue working through cases with learners. –Cassandra Smith, DO, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Rush Medical College

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Chicago, IL

Clinical specialty:

Internal Medicine

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)


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