Date posted: May 20th, 2013
SocMed will not be offering its annual course in Uganda in January 2014 as the organization’s leadership has decided that a one-year “pause” in teaching the Uganda course will allow us to focus on strengthening other critical, but as of yet unrealized, aspects of SocMed’s work. While this may be disappointing for some, we are sincerely hopeful that this intentional pause allows us the opportunity to do some really critical work to advance health equity and social justice. Our planned focus over the next year includes enhanced advocacy work on the social determinants of health, research and writing on the successes of SocMed, building our alumni network, fundraising and grant work, and curricular expansion. In addition, SocMed is supporting the inaugural implementation of a course in Haiti in July 2013.
We are grateful to all who have supported SocMed’s growth over the past five years. Over the next five years, we look forward to continued expansion of our efforts to advocate for and implement curricula founded on the study of social medicine and we will continue to welcome engagement with SocMed’s efforts in any form.
We fully anticipate offering the course in Uganda again in January 2015, so please check our website in April 2014 for application details.
Apowoyo bino -- welcome! -- to the portion of the site for the course Beyond the Biologic Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness, a social medicine immersion experience in northern Uganda. This unique course incorporates innovative teaching methodologies to merge teaching of clinical tropical medicine with understanding the socioeconomic, cultural, political, and historical underpinnings of illness. Enrollment is open to third- and fourth-year medical students from across the globe, and includes equal participation of Ugandan medical students. This portion of the website is a portal for both current and prospective students as well as interested individuals with a passion for social medicine.