Introducing the Concepts of Advocacy and Social Determinants of Health Within the Pediatric Clerkship

Date of Review: May, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, includes a lecture and knowledge assessment used in 3rd year medical student/2nd year physician assistant student pediatric clerkships to teach concepts related to advocacy and social determinants of health (SDoH). Resident physicians are trained to serve as content experts after completing a separately described Pediatric Residency Advocacy Curriculum (community experience, site visits to homes/schools, didactics, and advocacy projects). The 1-hour lecture addresses adverse childhood events, insurance, food insecurity, and safety. Students completed a showed improvements in knowledge of SDoH and advocacy principles from pre/post testing and narrative questionnaires indicated student satisfaction with the session. While the stand-alone session is not a comprehensive curriculum in SDoH and advocacy, others could adapt the session to be used in a similar introductory manner in their own institution. While some of the information is specific to the Winston-Salem community, other information is more generalizable and one could easily adapt the slides to meet the needs of a local community. – Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS

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Wake Forest

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Winston-Salem, NC

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Level of Learner Assessment:

Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)

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