Education & Training

Social Medicine’s faculty is deeply involved in the education of medical students. Our faculty members teach in two core School of Medicine courses. Professional Development 1/2: Social Dimensions of Illness and Doctoring, Medical Ethics, and the Health Care System meets weekly during the first two semesters of medical school, while Professional Development 3: Advanced Seminars in the Humanities and Social Sciences runs during the 3rd semester. Both courses are taught by multidisciplinary faculty in small-group settings. Professional Development 1/2 provides students an introduction to social sciences and humanities perspectives on illness and medicine. Professional Development 3 enables students to choose seminars in particular topics and explore those subjects in greater depth.

Medical students can also opt to take a Social Medicine Elective with departmental faculty. These supervised independent studies may include mentored projects in research, reading, or fieldwork.

Social Medicine faculty members teach and consult regularly in other medical school courses on social dimensions of preclinical or clinical topics. They serve as panelists in case discussions, and as content or disciplinary specialists—for example, in the Systems-Based Practice portion of the Ambulatory Care Selective, the Sciences of Medicine Selective, and the Capstone course. This work is a major contribution to UNC School of Medicine’s national reputation for exemplary curriculum in humanities & social sciences. In addition to their core teaching in the medical school, some faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate student courses in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Social Medicine and Center for Bioethics faculty regularly members teach medical students, residents, and hospital staff about clinical ethics in the context of patient care at UNC Hospitals.

Additionally, several Social Medicine faculty members contribute to training/education in other residency curricula or clinical services. Many faculty members participate in UNC faculty development and CME teaching, through grand rounds presentations, hosting of topical conferences and seminar series, and conducting of workshops through the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators. And many faculty members are active in educational and training projects across North Carolina, particularly through NC AHEC events, as well as in national and international contexts—in communities of clinicians, of biomedical researchers, and of the many academic disciplines engaged by our multidisciplinary Department.