Affordable Access

Access to the full text

Addressing the health advocate role in medical education

Authors
  • Boroumand, Suzanne1
  • Stein, Michael J.1
  • Jay, Mohammad1
  • Shen, Julia W.1
  • Hirsh, Michael1
  • Dharamsi, Shafik2
  • 1 University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada , Ottawa (Canada)
  • 2 The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA , El Paso (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Medical Education
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jan 30, 2020
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-1938-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The health advocate role is an essential and underappreciated component of the CanMEDs competency framework. It is tied to the concept of social accountability and its application to medical schools for preparing future physicians who will work to ensure an equitable healthcare system. Student involvement in health advocacy throughout medical school can inspire a long-term commitment to address health disparities. The Social Medicine Network (SMN) provides an online platform for medical trainees to seek opportunities to address health disparities, with the goal of bridging the gap between the social determinants of health and clinical medicine. This online platform provides a list of health advocacy related opportunities for addressing issues that impede health equity, whether through research, community engagement, or clinical care. First implemented at the University of British Columbia, the SMN has since expanded to other medical schools across Canada. At the University of Ottawa, the SMN is being used to augment didactic teachings of health advocacy and social accountability. This article reports on the development and application of the SMN as a resource for medical trainees seeking meaningful and actionable opportunities to enact their role as health advocates.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times