Using TED Talks to Teach Social Determinants of Health

Date of Review: February, 2019

This resource provides workshop materials for family medicine trainees or practicing physicians to engage them in reflection and action relating to the impact of SDH on patients in their practice. Using PREZI software, the 8-topic focused workshops follow a 6-stage framework: a definition of the topic, a TedTalk relevant to the topic with reflection questions, discussion of global impact, discussion of local impact, role of primary care in addressing the issue, and follow-up activity and discussion. Topics include education & literacy, gender, food security, housing, and others. The course content is specific to Canada, but could be adapted for other settings. The use of Prezi with embedded TedTalks provides a novel method of encouraging group discussion. While intended for use in live workshop format, one could also employ the modules as pre-work with follow-up small group discussion when needed. Downloadable PowerPoint files contain additional information for facilitators. No learner evaluation is included. — Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS and Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Toronto

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Toronto, Canada

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Clinical Specialty:

Family and Community medicine


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