Social Medicine Orientation 2014

Welcome to RPSM Orientation Month: Understanding How Social Conditions Impact Health Problems in the Bronx           

"Orientation Month” was started in 1983 as a way of introducing interns to life in the Bronx and to the principles of social medicine.  It’s a completely unique course in residency education.

Our goal this month is to familiarize you with the communities in which you work and to help you place the clinical problems you face daily within a broader social context.  You will get exposure to organizing and advocacy skills, community health assessment skills, departmental and community programs/resources, and much more. There will be time to reflect on your professional identity as physicians and to practice strategies for maintaining vitality throughout residency and your career.

Orientation Month is structured around one broad theme - the social determinants that impact our community and clinical practice. As we recognize the breadth of the theme, we have selected to focus on specific topics each week to illustrate some of these determinants. This year, we will highlight issues of nutrition, power and privilege, mass incarceration, immigration and advocacy. Much of the teaching during Orientation takes place outside of the formal classroom and emphasizes experiential learning. We want you to visit the Bronx, walk around your clinics, talk to patients and community leaders, and learn from one another.

The weekly course schedule, including session times/locations, readings and assignments  will be posted soon on this website.
 
We strive to create a course that is thought-provoking, practical, and fun.  For that reason, your feedback is very important to us. Please keep a list of things you like about the course (or things you don't) and let us know.  
 
Matt Anderson, MD
Daniel O'Connell, MD  
Course Directors

Nina Burgan
Co-Course Coordinator