A letter from Dean Duffy to 2011 participants
Dear Students, Faculty, and Community Guests,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the fourth annual School of Community Medicine Summer Institute. This week-long experience, planned for July 31 through August 5, 2011 is offered by the OU-Tulsa faculty and will set the stage for reflective, experiential service learning and action research as the basis for medical education.
In 2008, the University of Oklahoma established the School of Community Medicine to address both an existing shortage of healthcare providers, and to prepare future healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to address poor health outcomes and health disparities. The Summer Institute is a hallmark of our educational program and will engage each of you in an innovative curriculum that includes a deep exposure to the principles and practices of community medicine. You will have the unique opportunity to learn alongside an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, and community members while forging inter-professional relationships as you develop a greater understanding of the effects of the social determinates of health.
The concept of community medicine is an approach to medicine that includes care for individual patients in all stages of health and illness and improvement of the health of populations and whole communities. Community medicine is not restricted to primary care, but stresses the interrelatedness of the community in every specialty of practice and inclusion of a team of health disciples.
The Summer Institute captures the tacit knowledge that the greater Tulsa community has about its needs and provides a deep exposure to the principles and practices of community medicine in an unconventional method of teaching and learning. Far from a didactic approach, students, faculty, and community members engage directly and are exposed to experiential, hands on activities that encourage voice, group problem solving, and critical thinking. As participants, you will interact with patients in chronic care clinics, experience direct, in-depth and one-on-one interaction with community members, and develop a comprehensive understanding of community medicine.
Again, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our intensive 6-day program and look forward to envisioning a healthier community by your side. See you in August!
Cheryl Waldeck, MA, FLOC
Director of Special Projects for the Dean
OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine