Community Perspectives in Medicine
Facilitating conversations about the medical system to improve health disparities experiences by diverse populations.
Minority populations are often saddled with social and health inequalities that are not addressed or acknowledged by medical professionals. This student-run elective course provides a unique forum for first-year medical students to interact with members of communities that are most affected by these inequities. During six two-hour sessions, the students meet with representatives of different community-based organizations representing diverse populations and topics, including LGBT, chronic illness, disabilities, religion and immigrant health. Second-year students facilitate a semi-structured interview with the organization guests, focusing on health disparities within their community, challenges experienced with the medical system and what they wish doctors did differently. This innovative format results in rich dialogue that has the potential to create a practice of medicine that is more inclusive and respectful of minority needs.
Grant category: Student Leadership
- Linnie Golightly, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
- Eric Kutscher, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Rachel Umans, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Andrea Liu, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Rana Khan, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Molly Chodakewitz, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Community partner: Callen Lorde Community Health Center
- Community partner: Suffering the Silence
- Community partner: Independence Care System
- Community partner: New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers
- Community partner: Lincoln Hospital Community Outreach Office
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.