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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Black Physicians: History and Health Disparities
Elective Number: 3528 (arranged)
Course Supervisor: Dr. Preston Reynolds
Duration: 2 weeks
Report to: Dr. Reynolds
Time to Report: 9:00 am
Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, Barringer 5, room 5364
Typical day: reading during day, seminar discussion Mon., Wed, Thurs - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: 10 (by special arrangement if less than 3)
Course Description: Learning Objectives:
This course will explore the history of African American physicians in the United States with a focus on the effort to reverse discrimination in healthcare in the twentieth century and reduce health disparities. Topics to be discussed will include the social conditions that shaped medical and surgical practice for most black physicians, the importance of black hospitals and Howard and Meharry medical schools in training black physicians as students and residents prior to the 1960s, the role of the NAACP, National Medical Association and federal government in eliminating overt discrimination against black physicians, patients, and other health professionals and national efforts to eliminate health disparities. Students will be expected to complete all assigned readings for class discussion, prepare a summary description of a national program designed to reduce health disparities and prepare a 5-10 page review of one book on a black physician or another aspect of the history of African Americans in medicine of particular interest to the student.
Readings: A copy of all readings will be held on reserve in the Claude Moore Health Science Library and a reading list will be provided by the couse Supervisor.
Week one will cover the history of black physicians in twentieth century America: their training, clinical practice, professional associations and efforts to eliminate race discrimination in medicine. Students will get hands-on experience searching databases in medical history and national programs on health disparities.
Week two will include class discussions on the linkages between race discrimination in healthcare in the United States and the prevalence of health disparities. Students will be required to do a presentation of their book review for class discussion on Days 4 and 5.
This description is a general overview. The instructor will establish the schedule and particular requirements at the time of the course.