Teaching Social Pediatrics: the Global Health Initiative Inner City Project

Vignan Yogendrakumar, Erica Tsang, Barbara Fitzgerald


Exposure to social pediatrics is prevalent throughout residency, but is limited for most medical students.  The purpose of this article is to describe an innovative program at UBC for junior medical students to learn and practice social pediatrics within communities of Vancouver. Medical students were trained in relevant areas of cultural awareness, the effects of poverty on health, and assessment of developmental pediatric disorders.  Student then participated in developmental assessments and assisted in the formulation of management plans. In the process, students gained valuable skills in developmental pediatrics in a model of care that emphasized collaboration and integration with school and community supports.

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