- By: Douglas P Olson, Kristen M Mahoney
Medical students who in reality are strong proponents of social medicine may just not be aware of it. Do you think poverty affects health and spread of disease? Do social factors, such as wars, internal displacement, and social status affect people's access to health care? Have you ever realised that infectious diseases tend to infect and disproportionately sicken poor people in society? If so, you are likely a social medic in the making.
A website was recently launched that is an encyclopaedia of social medicine-www.socialmedicine.org. Based out of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York city, the site is edited by practising doctors who are also involved in resident and medical student education. The site is easy to navigate and has a monthly spotlight and an international calendar of social medicine events.
Under the Students section, there are international opportunities to learn about and practise social medicine, undergraduate and