University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Tiffany Sinclair
Student Coordinator
Phone: 724-882-8074

Course last offered: Fall 2009
Page last updated:
January 28, 2010

Physician Advocacy and Social Medicine
Fall 2009

Physician Advocacy and Social Medicine seeks to approach medicine in a way that goes beyond caring for individual patients to addressing the underlying social, political, and economic factors that influence health. The course will provide an overview of skills and techniques physicians need to be effective advocates for structural public health change. Speakers will share their unique experiences in the field of health advocacy ranging from compassionate care of marginalized patients to engaging key decision makers in order to improve care for patients. Students will form groups to explore a potential advocacy project and carry them out putting theory to practice with the support of facilitators and classmates.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
Dr. Ken Ginsberg
Introduction to Physician Advocacy and Adolescent Medicine
5:30-7:30 pm, Student Lounge
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 (flexible)
Dr. Helen Davies
History of Advocacy in Medicine
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
Dr. Josh Scharfstein
Health policy in Baltimore

Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 (flexible)
Dr. Beth Rezet
Nutrition and Childhood Obesity

Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 (flexible)
Dr. Anne Honeybrink
West Philadelphia and WIC

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
Langfitt Symposium
6:30-8:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
Chuck Pennachio w/ AMSA
Healthcare4All PA
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
Mental Health/Mental Retardation with PrISSM
5-6:30 pm, Stemmler 106A
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 (flexible)
Dr. Cynthia Mollen, Chair of Policy Lab
Children’s Health Care

Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
Dr. Arlene Baratz
Disorders of Sex Development, National Organizing

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 (flexible)
Student Advocacy Panel
Advocacy Experiences at Penn