This concentration seeks to enrich medical education by enhancing students’ understanding of health care disparities in American society. Students will study the characteristics of disadvantaged US populations and investigate historic and current barriers to health and healthcare. Students will identify and examine the social determinants of health as well as analyze and evaluate the health care delivery system in the US and other relevant international health care systems. Students are expected to participate in activities intended to mitigate disparities through research, volunteer activities, community interventions and or peer education. At least once a year the collective membership of the concentration will lead an effort to address needs related to an underserved population.
All students are required to actively participate in monthly journal clubs in their first two years, to volunteer in activities related to underserved populations, reflect upon relevant clinical experiences and complete a capstone project approved by hdSC leaders by the end of year 4. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer scholarly project or research related to health disparities between Year 1 and Year 2. Such projects are expected to be presented at the research symposium and or USF Health Annual Research Day. This summer project or research is typically but not always the basis for the final capstone. Final capstone projects must be presented in a written report to the hdSC leaders as well as presented verbally to the entire concentration in year IV. MSIII and MSIV are expected to participate in Journal Clubs as schedules permit, providing peer mentoring to their junior colleagues.
Laurie Woodard, MD
Anna Maynard Wenders, MPH, CHES
Daniel Haight, MD
Shirley Smith, MA