Liberation Medicine

Liberation Medicine is the conscious, conscientious use of health to promote social justice and human dignity. It involves persons learning how to liberate themselves and to accompany others in their liberation (rather than how to liberate others).  This liberation medicine seminar has been designed as a very basic introduction to the concepts and tools of liberation medicine.  With this foundation the course participant can build her or his own structure for making a difference as a practitioner of liberation medicine.  Those participants who have a strong foundation in liberation medicine and/or exposure to the themes within this course will serve as leaders in the class discussions.  By nature Liberation Medicine has an inter-disciplinary approach, drawing upon the synergy of medicine, public health, Health and Human Rights, Community-Oriented Primary Care, ethics, liberation theology, liberation movements of race, gender, peoples, nations, and ideas, cultural competency, and medical humanities.  While the present course is aimed at residents of internal medicine, it could be adapted to the trainees or continuing education of any health profession.
Goals: The overall goal is to provide a foundation in the principles and practice of liberation medicine. The specific goals are to provide both perspective and tools (such as the Health and Human Rights paradigm and Community-Oriented Primary Care techniques) to the practice of liberation medicine.

Course Format: Two hour sessions, divided into: introduction, expectations of the day and announcements (10 minutes); one or two 20-30 minute presentations by faculty (and invited speakers including community representatives); group discussion and questions (45-60 minutes).
Course Readings and Pre-Session Preparation: Each session has required reading and some sessions have discussion questions. 

Please direct questions about the website to Dr. Jonathan Giftos and questions about course content to Dr. Linnea Capps.