International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL) UCLA Emergency Medicine

IDHEAL Education

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Selective in Social Medicine
Course Director: Shamsher Samra, MD, MPhil

Social, economic, and political forces have significant bearing on the health and well-being of individuals and communities both locally and globally. For most physicians the link between the health and structural forces beyond the clinic walls, such as discrimination, inequity, and injustice, are clear. This connection explains how two individuals with the same disease in two different countries, or two neighborhoods of the same city, may experience vastly different health outcomes. Despite this, medical teaching and practice is heavily skewed toward the biomedical diagnosis, management, and treatment of disease with little emphasis on inequitable social and economic conditions that may underpin illness. The aim of this selective is to expose students to the field of social medicine, empowering future clinicians to engage with the social determinants of health as a part of their future practice.

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Session 1 - Structural Violence and Vulnerability
Prof. Philippe Bourgois, Dept of Anthropology

Session 2 - Politics of Medicine and Medical Debt
Shamsher Samra, MD, Mphil, Harbor UCLA Dept of Emergency Medicine
Tarak Trividi, MD, UCLA Dept of Emergency Medicine

Session 3 - Violence and Violence Intervention Programs

Dr. Rochelle Dicker, UCLA Dept of Surgery
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Session 4 - Culture and Language in the Clinical Setting
Dr. Kian Preston-Suni, and Dr. Breena Taira, UCLA Dept of Emergency Medicine

Session 5 - Intersection of Incarceration and health and Medical-Legal Partnerships
Jeremy Levenson, Dept of Anthropology UCLA
Mark-Anthony Johnson, Justice LA, Frontline Wellness Network
Shamsher Samra, MD, MPhil and Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD, Harbor-UCLA Dept of Emergency Medicine

Session 6 - Community Organizing and Health and the Practice of Liberation Medicine.
Dr. Linda Sharp Doctors for Global Health and the People's Health Movement

Session 7 - Immigration and Border Imperialism

Dr. Mary Cheffers and Dr. Todd Schneberk, LAC+USC, Department of Emergency Medicine

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