Incorporating Social Work Perspectives into Interprofessional Health Teams: Engaging students in a biopsychosocial assessment of family

Date of Review: January, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, describes a single session geared to medical students that focuses on the social work perspectives in patient care. Specifically – the goal is to both understand the interprofessional role of the social worker but perhaps; more importantly; teaches the biopsychosocial model in the context of household/family. A real life case is used and students are asked to identify challenges and strengths of the family; the student’s work is evaluated by a mentor of the Social Work faculty. Assessment of learner outcomes was done and the authors have tried different methods of best doing this from group work to individual reflections. This resource includes faculty guides and instructional material that could be used in a small group/lecture as part of a larger social determinants or inter-professional curriculum. —Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

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Florida International University – Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Miami, FL

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Measured in learner knowledge

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Level of Learner Assessment:

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

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)

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