Public Health Community Externship

Date of Review: October, 2018

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, includes a curriculum for a public health externship for second year medical students. It details a community-based partnership experience that is combined with a four-week clinical rotation that takes place in under served communities; with ten hours per week dedicated to this programming. It is offered to a selected group of students dedicated to serving the underserved. The goal is to introduce students to public health skills like building community partnerships as well as interpreting and understanding epidemiological data. This resource has very detailed assignments and instructions that could be implemented for medical students when planning a community project, partnership or practicum and can easily be added to enhance current programs. The approach outlined by the author details a thoughtful guide to instructing students on identifying assets and identifying and engaging with stakeholders. In my opinion, every needed assignment is in here as well as a feasible timeline. This resource included brief evaluation data in the abstract however these methods were not included in this submission. Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Washington School of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Seattle, WA

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Family and Community Medicine

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner satisfaction or reaction


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