School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

Evaluation and Recommendations for GW Public Health Curriculum

Poster Number

222

Document Type

Poster

Status

Medical Student

Abstract Category

Education/Health Services

Keywords

medical education, public health, medical curriculum

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Abstract

In response to the evolving health care system, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is integrating a curriculum in Clinical Public Health - the application of principles of public health, population health, and leadership to medical care and health systems decision-making - into its medical education program. This project involved analysis of a specific component of this curriculum, namely, Clinical Sciences and Reasoning case-based sessions. 27 sessions were analyzed, and suggestions for further integration of clinical public health topics were generated. Some examples of the suggestions proposed are included below:

1) Intersection of health and other public service sectors

  1. Health and Housing – understanding housing interventions for various exposures (Pediatric Anaphylaxis Case)
  2. Health and Schools – understanding the physician’s role in the creation of an Individualized Education Program/504 Plan (Developmental Delays Case)

2) Provider resources

  1. Disease Reporting – understanding department of health requirements for disease reporting (TB case)
  2. Resource Guide –can be applied to several cases. For cases involving student presentations, one student per group will present on “Community Resources.” The student will compile a list of DC-specific community, patient, and/or provider resources relevant to the case. These resources can be pooled across classes to make a comprehensive “Resource Guide” which can then be used by students in their clinical years.

3) Behavioral Health

  1. Choice architecture - opt out vs. opt in, etc. (Vaccination Debate Case)

4) Prevention

  1. For several cases (e.g. Chronic Kidney Disease Case), ask students to discuss/present on what steps could have been taken to prevent the case from having occurred in the first place?

5) Population Health

  1. Opioid Epidemic – misconceptions, mitigation strategies, etc. (Back Pain Case)

This research project is part of the continuing overall assessment of progress to-date of the new GW Clinical Public Health curriculum and development of improvements and new program directions. This project will have significant impact on the healthcare community. Individual health is increasingly influenced by a wide range of community and population determinants of health. Today, therefore, the scope of practice for clinicians must encompass both individual and community health by drawing on principles of public health, population health, health policy, health systems, and leadership in order to enhance the quality of care delivered and effectively promote the health of our patients and communities. The further development of GW’s clinical public health curriculum is thus integral to the success of its students.

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Evaluation and Recommendations for GW Public Health Curriculum

In response to the evolving health care system, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is integrating a curriculum in Clinical Public Health - the application of principles of public health, population health, and leadership to medical care and health systems decision-making - into its medical education program. This project involved analysis of a specific component of this curriculum, namely, Clinical Sciences and Reasoning case-based sessions. 27 sessions were analyzed, and suggestions for further integration of clinical public health topics were generated. Some examples of the suggestions proposed are included below:

1) Intersection of health and other public service sectors

  1. Health and Housing – understanding housing interventions for various exposures (Pediatric Anaphylaxis Case)
  2. Health and Schools – understanding the physician’s role in the creation of an Individualized Education Program/504 Plan (Developmental Delays Case)

2) Provider resources

  1. Disease Reporting – understanding department of health requirements for disease reporting (TB case)
  2. Resource Guide –can be applied to several cases. For cases involving student presentations, one student per group will present on “Community Resources.” The student will compile a list of DC-specific community, patient, and/or provider resources relevant to the case. These resources can be pooled across classes to make a comprehensive “Resource Guide” which can then be used by students in their clinical years.

3) Behavioral Health

  1. Choice architecture - opt out vs. opt in, etc. (Vaccination Debate Case)

4) Prevention

  1. For several cases (e.g. Chronic Kidney Disease Case), ask students to discuss/present on what steps could have been taken to prevent the case from having occurred in the first place?

5) Population Health

  1. Opioid Epidemic – misconceptions, mitigation strategies, etc. (Back Pain Case)

This research project is part of the continuing overall assessment of progress to-date of the new GW Clinical Public Health curriculum and development of improvements and new program directions. This project will have significant impact on the healthcare community. Individual health is increasingly influenced by a wide range of community and population determinants of health. Today, therefore, the scope of practice for clinicians must encompass both individual and community health by drawing on principles of public health, population health, health policy, health systems, and leadership in order to enhance the quality of care delivered and effectively promote the health of our patients and communities. The further development of GW’s clinical public health curriculum is thus integral to the success of its students.