Students’ experience of prison health education during medical school

Filek, Heather, Harris, James, Koehn, John, Oliffe, John, Buxton, Jane and Martin, Ruth (2013) Students’ experience of prison health education during medical school. Medical Teacher, 35 11: 938-943. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2013.827330

Author Filek, Heather
Harris, James
Koehn, John
Oliffe, John
Buxton, Jane
Martin, Ruth
Title Students’ experience of prison health education during medical school
Journal name Medical Teacher   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-159X
Publication date 2013-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/0142159X.2013.827330
Open Access Status
Volume 35
Issue 11
Start page 938
End page 943
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Social responsibility and accountability can be important core values in medical education. At the University of British Columbia, undergraduate medical students engage in prison health community service-learning opportunities in regional correctional facilities.

Methods: To describe the impact of prison health exposure on pre-clinical medical students, in-depth individual interviews were conducted with individuals who had participated in a prison health medical education program. All interviews were transcribed verbatim, and interpretive descriptive methods were used to inductively derive thematic findings to describe students’ experiences.

Results: Major themes emerged as students reported how (1) exposure to incarcerated populations increases students’ insight into issues that diverse marginalized sub-populations encounter; (2) positive interactions with the incarcerated individuals enhances relationship building; (3) collaboration reinforces teamwork skills and (4) community placements garner important learning opportunities within the medical school curriculum.

Conclusions: Our findings demonstrated that pre-clinical exposure to incarcerated individuals and prison health education provided a unique setting for medical students to develop an increased sense of social responsibility and accountability.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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