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Social Medicine Cases

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study & Social Medicine Consortium Case Studies Project

The Social Medicine Consortium, in partnership with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, selected authors from around the world to develop fifteen social medicine teaching cases. On February 16, 2017 the Radcliffe Institute will host a day long symposium presentation of the cases. The objectives of this case series are to:

1) Provide examples of experiences and tools relevant to the day-to-day challenges of the practice social medicine for learning and discussion
2) Amplify the voices of health practitioners practicing social medicine
3) Highlight the interdisciplinary and multisectorial nature of social medicine
4) Help define the practice of social medicine


Hector Carrasco Magallanes, MD
The Story of Esdras: Child Malnutrition as a Social Condition

Melissa McCoy, MD
The Coalition to Stop Maternal Mortality

Namwase Angella Sandra
Working Towards Polio Eradication: A Case Study of Massive Immunization Exercises in Entebbe, Uganda, 2016

Ruth Staus, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Vicodin as a Treatment for Structural Violence
Minnesota, USA

Vina Christiana Wang, MD, Monica Ruth Nirmala, DDS, N Ewen Wang, MD,  Sachi Oshima
The Interconnectedness of the Environment and Health: Saving the Forest with a Stethoscope

Bram Wispelwey MD, Nadia Ben-Youssef
Bedouin health and legal interventions

Sandy Marisol Mux Xocop
Barreras para mujeres indígenas con cáncer cervical
(Barriers for indigenous women with cervical cancer)

Katelyn Yoder, William Vail MD, Anjali Niyogi MD
Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) clinic
Louisiana, USA

Case authors, topics and countries include:

Abalo Concy Akot, Odongo Norbet Onyanga
How Deep Should Deep Listening be in Medical Practice? The Untold Story

Sara Doorley, MD
Designing a health care delivery system for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW)
California, USA

Kate Dubé
Training frontline medical staff to address social determinants of health
California, USA

Toni Eyssallenne MD, Christophe Milien MD, Kerling Israel MD
Addressing social medicine challenges through residency programs in Haiti

MaryBeth Heffernan
The PPE Portrait Project

Dennis Hsieh, MD
Housing Rx: Housing as Healthcare- HelpDesk + Medical-Legal Community Partnerships & A Housing First Approach
California, USA

Youri Louis
Grève des médecins résidents dans les hôpitaux publics d’Haiti en mars 2016 (Resident strike in the public hospitals of Haiti in March 2016)

Definition of Social Medicine:

Social Medicine is the practice of medicine that integrates:
1. Understanding and applying the social determinants of health, social epidemiology, and social science approaches to patient care;
2. An advocacy and equity agenda that treats health as a human right;
3. An approach that is both interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral across the health system;
4. A deep understanding of local and global contexts ensuring that the local context informs and leads the global movement, and vice versa;
5. Voice and vote of patient, families, and communities.

Selection Process:

Our case selection process was based on four main criteria:
is the case compelling, relevant, well-written, and does it represent a non-traditional author's perspective?

Each case was read and scored on these four criteria by two case editors. The top scored cases, as well as any cases with a significant difference in reviewer point total, were additionally reviewed by the 6-person selection committee. The final 15 cases were chosen based on highest combined total score. 

Case editor committee:

Aaron Berkowitz MD PhD
Mike Westerhaus MD MA
Amy Finnegan PhD
Scott Stonington MD PhD
Michelle Morse MD MPH
James Hudspeth MD

Annie McDonough, BS
Michelle Morse MD MPH