This week, the Duke School of Medicine is hosting its third annual weeklong Health Policy and Global Health course for second-year Duke medical students. The event is coordinated by Michel Landry, Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and DGHI affiliate faculty member; DGHI’s Dennis Clements, senior advisor and director of medical school programs; and Laura Bey, assistant director of DGHI undergraduate and medical school programs. Paula Alford from the School of Medicine is the course coordinator. The course introduces key concepts in health care economics, domestic and global health, and health policy.
From Insurance Models to Globalization to Intervention Sustainability
Health care economics discussions will focus on a wide range of topics, including physician and hospital payment systems, insurance models, drug and device development and the impact of health care costs on patients and their families.
Students will explore global health topics such as the effect of globalization on the spread of disease, the impact of socioeconomic differences on health status and behavior in local and global populations and the way in which people of diverse cultures perceive health and illness and respond to various symptoms, disease, and treatment.
Health policy discussions will center on topics such as the intersection of access, quality, and cost; sustainability of interventions; and the interface between medical practice and health systems.
“This week in the medical school clinical curriculum is an attempt to orient the students to other issues related to delivering health care—from the textbook to the real world,” said Clements. “To provide health care in the future, it will be necessary to understand the context in which the patients live and the health systems exist.”
Engaging Students through a Varied Format and Mix of Presenters
Students will have the opportunity to engage with presenters through presentations, discussions, TED-style talks, documentary film viewing, small group activities and journaling.
Presenters include several DGHI faculty members and affiliates—director Michael Merson, Rukmini Balu, Alex Cho, Dennis Clements, Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Michel Landry, Catherine Station and Yousuf Zafar—as well as other Duke faculty and staff, community stakeholders and a health care attorney.
Keynote addresses will be given by:
- Paul Vick, Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Duke
- Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health (presenting via Skype)
- Krishna Udayakumar, DGHI affiliate faculty member, executive director of the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery, and head of global innovation for Duke Medicine
Planting the Seed for Global Health Awareness and Interest
Bey, who helped coordinate the event, hopes that it will expand the students’ view of health and health policy and help them better understand global health issues. She notes that many medical students have expressed an interest in global health and are eager for opportunities to extend their learning in this area. And perhaps after this course, they’ll even consider applying to DGHI’s Third Year Global Health Study Program!
This week in the medical school clinical curriculum is an attempt to orient the students to other issues related to delivering health care—from the textbook to the real world.Dennis Clements, senior advisor and director of medical school programs at DGHI