Article: The Unique Role of Medical Students in Catalyzing Climate Change Education

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Excellent and very specific article on curriculum re-design at Emory University in the US. Climate and health learning objectives mapped across the pre-clinical medical curriculum.

The Unique Role of Medical Students in Catalyzing Climate Change Education. Benjamin M Rabin, Emaline B Laney and Rebecca P Philipsborn. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, Volume 7: 1–7 (2020)

 

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Climate-driven environmental exposures influence the pathophysiologic underpinnings of disease emphasized in the pre-clinical years of medical school. While medical schools are beginning to offer climate change and health electives, medical education is lagging in providing fundamental climate-and-health content to adequately prepare the next generation of physicians for the chal-lenges that they will face in the provision of healthcare and the prevention and treatment of disease. This perspective piece highlights the unique role of medical students in catalyzing the incorporation of climate content into the pre-clinical medical school curriculum and provides topics for disseminated curricular integration with the concepts emphasized in the pre-clinical years of medical education.

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Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development

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October, 2020

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  • case study
  • educational materials

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