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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 565-Hiding in Plain Sight: Identify/Understand Vict. of Violence

Course Director: Reena Isaac, M.D.
Course Faculty: Reena Isaac, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 2
Min. Number of Students:10  Max: 75
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This elective will bring to light many of the problems which cause seriopus physical, emotional and biopsychosocial trauma to patients but are currently not well-discussed in the academic medical curriculum. Topics include chld abuse, forced prostitution, interpersonal violence, homeless youth, mental illness in the homoeless and human trafficking. This elecrtive aims to not only provide education and awareness but also equip future physicians with practical applications to service and advocate on behalf of their patients.
Learning Activities
The elective involves a series of lectures featuring representatives from various Houston area non-profit organizations which provide services to at risk populations or work to promote awareness and education of health-related issues. Many of these organizations have established programs and presentations specifically aimed at edication medical professionals to better reognize, treat and follow-up with patients in these hostile situations. These lectures, while differing in topic, will all aim to elucidate the role of the healthcare professional in the lives of their patients. The elective involves students’ proactive participation in service with the previous-mentioned organizations. Whether the students will directly interact with patients is to be determined by the organizations due to the sensitive nature of these patients’ situations. Thes students are also expected to compose a brief reflective essay from their experience.
Evaluation Methods
Students will be evaluated based upon active participation in all aspects of the elective. In particular, students will be eleigble to earn 1 credit based on attendance and active participation in 6 out of 7 one-hour lectures and one 2-hour lecture. Students can obtain an additional credit for completion of 4 service hours at one of the partnering organizations, completion of refelctive essay detailing their experiences, or attendance at 2 one-hour small group sessions.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First class meeting held Tuesday, October 4, 2012; Noon - 1:pm/ DeBakey Bldg
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Zheng Ma or Meagan Sebring
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