Nurturing social responsibility through community service-learning: Lessons learned from a pilot project.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature139660
Source
Med Teach. 2010;32(11):905-11
Publication Type
Article
Date
2010
Author
Shafik Dharamsi
Nancy Espinoza
Carl Cramer
Maryam Amin
Lesley Bainbridge
Gary Poole
Author Affiliation
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada. shafik.dharamsi@familymed.ubc.ca
Source
Med Teach. 2010;32(11):905-11
Date
2010
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
British Columbia
Education, Dental
Female
Focus Groups
Humans
Male
Pilot Projects
Preceptorship
Questionnaires
Social Responsibility
Vulnerable Populations
Abstract
Community service-learning (CSL) has been proposed as one way to enrich medical and dental students' sense of social responsibility toward people who are marginalized in society.
We developed and implemented a new CSL option in the integrated medical/dental curriculum and assessed its educational impact.
Focus groups, individual open-ended interviews, and a survey were used to assess dental students', faculty tutors' and community partners' experiences with CSL.
CSL enabled a deeper appreciation for the vulnerabilities that people who are marginalized experience; students gained a greater insight into the social determinants of health and the related importance of community engagement; and they developed useful skills in health promotion project planning, implementation and evaluation. Community partners and faculty tutors indicated that equal partnership, greater collaboration, and a participatory approach to course development are essential to sustainability in CSL.
CSL can play an important role in nurturing a purposeful sense of social responsibility among future practitioners. Our study enabled the implementation of an innovative longitudinal course (professionalism and community service) in all 4 years of the dental curriculum.
PubMed ID
21039101 View in PubMed
Less detail