Improving Medical Education: Enhancing the Behavioral and Social Science Content of Medical School Curricula

Improving Medical Education: Enhancing the Behavioral and Social Science Content of Medical School Curricula

by Patricia A. Cuff, Neal Vanselow, Committee on Behavioral and Social Sciences in Medical School Curricula
     
 

Roughly half of all deaths in the United States are linked to behavioral and social factors. The leading causes of preventable death and disease in the United States are smoking, sedentary lifestyle, along with poor dietary habits, and alcohol consumption. To make measurable improvements in the health of Americans, physicians must be equipped with the knowledge and… See more details below

Overview

Roughly half of all deaths in the United States are linked to behavioral and social factors. The leading causes of preventable death and disease in the United States are smoking, sedentary lifestyle, along with poor dietary habits, and alcohol consumption. To make measurable improvements in the health of Americans, physicians must be equipped with the knowledge and skills from the behavioral and social sciences needed to recognize, understand, and effectively respond to patients as individuals, not just to their symptoms. What are medical schools teaching students about the behavioral and social sciences?

In the report, the committee concluded that there is inadequate information available to sufficiently describe behavioral and social science curriculum content, teaching techniques, and assessment methodologies in U.S. medical schools and recommends development of a new national behavioral and social science database. The committee also recommended that the National Board of Medical Examiners ensure that the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination adequately cover the behavioral and social science subject matter recommended in this report.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309091428
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction15
2Current approaches to incorporating the behavioral and social sciences into medical school curricula20
3The behavioral and social sciences in medical school curricula52
4Strategies for incorporating the behavioral and social sciences into medical school curricula87

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