A major focus of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine curriculum is Community Health. The primary goal of this component is to provide students with the opportunity to build basic knowledge around population care that all physicians must know to run a practice or take a leadership role within healthcare settings.
During the first semester, students work in small groups to investigate an existing health problem in the context of community and society. Local community partners designate the specific problems that they would like student teams to address. Both faculty coaches and supervisors from community agencies work with each team throughout the process. Teams will present the project’s results through an oral presentation in December.
During the second semester, teams build on their previous work by implementing a health promotion and disease prevention project to address the problem clarified in the first semester project. Each group presents the project’s results to faculty and community partners with a poster session in May.
Five community partners were identified for the 2010-2011 projects and included the Athens Community Council on Aging, Athens Nurses Clinic, Early HeadStart/HeadStart, Nuci's Space, and the UGA University Health Center