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)
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Volume32
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 26 2006

Keywords

  • Community service-learning
  • Medical students
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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