Becoming better health care providers: Outcomes of a primary care service-learning project in medical school

Cynthia A. Olney, Judith E. Livingston, Stanley I. Fisch, Melissa A. Talamantes

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Abstract

Medical educators have begun to embrace service-learning as a method for teaching medical students to be more socially responsible, patient-oriented practitioners. However, research documenting the learning outcomes of service-learning in medical education is limited. In this paper, written documents generated through evaluation of a mandatory, structured community service-learning experience were analyzed qualitatively to discover the diverse learning outcomes among 24 students who participated in the experience. Preliminary findings indicate that students developed skills and attitudes directly related to competencies of concern in most U.S. medical programs. These preliminary findings may help other programs articulate learning outcomes for their service-learning programs. Further, these preliminary findings may stimulate more systematic research (qualitative and quantitative) in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommunity Action Research
Subtitle of host publicationBenefits to Community Members and Service Providers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages133-148
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780203051443
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Community service-learning
  • Medical students
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Olney, C. A., Livingston, J. E., Fisch, S. I., & Talamantes, M. A. (2013). Becoming better health care providers: Outcomes of a primary care service-learning project in medical school. In Community Action Research: Benefits to Community Members and Service Providers (pp. 133-148). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203051443