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SIU SOM Family and Community Medicine - Interdisiplinary Network for Outreach, Electives


Interdisciplinary Network For Outreach


Listed below are various community oriented and globally oriented electives for SIUSOM 4th year medical students. To get more information than what is listed, please click on the title of the elective. Click here for the entire SIUSOM Elective Catalog.

Community Outreach Electives

Community Health Services And Resources

This elective will provide brief exposures to various ancillary health and social service resources in the community. The student will learn about types of community health and social service resources useful for the many patients whose needs require more intervention than physicians alone can provide. Students will visit a minimum of 5 agencies during the week, observe services, interview agency personnel, and complete a review form about agency services. Faculty and student will review the experiences at the end of the week. The needs of students interested in one of the primary care specialties, psychiatry, surgery, emergency medicine, etc., will be accommodated. The agencies are located in Springfield, Illinois, although exceptions have permitted students to learn about agencies in downstate Illinois communities where they plan residency training or eventual practice. Exceptions are only at faculty discretion, since faculty research of agency appropriateness is required.

Nutrition Basics and Teaching Skills

This elective will provide an introduction to basic nutrition principles and application of education theories and techniques for providing educational outreach to the community. The Student will self-study numerous nutritional educational materials on topics such as presentations on planning meals, nutritional labels, healthy shopping, portion size guidelines and one-minute nutritional messages. Students will complete a pre and post test on nutrition facts and on attitudes of community involvement and education of nutrition in school age children. Students will be required to present a "nutritional" outreach program to at least one group of students.

Patient Education

This elective will provide an introduction to patient education principles and application of education theories and techniques for providing patient education. Topics of health literacy and trans-cultural communication will be addressed through the use of web based resources, readings and discussion.

Physical Activity Basics and Training

This elective will provide an introduction to the theories and techniques of delivering community educational outreach programs designed to increase physical activity in children. Using "The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President" as a starting point, the student will examine the relevant literature and become familiar with existing intervention programs such as the Get Active campaign and the Active Kids Pyramid. Students will complete a pre- and post-test about physical activity facts. Students will be required to present a "physical activity" outreach program to at least one group of children. Students will also work with Laura Rogers, MD, whose research investigates the relationship between breast cancer survival and exercise and with Linda Ranhan, MS, who is a physical trainer in the community.

Global Outreach Electives

Honduras Global Mission Trip

This elective is designed for students who will participate in the one-week long mission trip to rural Honduras through the Global Medical Brigades (GMB) group. The trip will be a group trip of SIU Medical Students to occur on a date pre-arranged with GMB working with the local organization, Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, centered at Tegucigalpa, the capitol of Honduras. While in Honduras, students will triage patients, perform H&Ps, assist attendings with procedures, manage/distribute pharmaceuticals, and educate patients with a focus on public health needs.

Rotation in India Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)

This course will provide the student with experience in serving the health care needs of individuals in a developing country. PIMS is a medical school located in a rural community outside of Karimnagar, a small town in Southern India. It is similar to SIU as it is dedicated to providing a primary care based education to students who will ultimately serve the indigenous population.

Students will work cooperatively with physicians and local medical students in both a government hospital and a university hospital. Students will round with physicians, examine patients as appropriate, perform histories, and attend lectures.

Each student will pay for transportation; however, housing and food will be provided by PIMS.

International Health and Tropical Medicine

This elective is designed to help students develop skills needed for working with International Health and Relief Organizations through structured clinical experiences at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, Africa. While in Ghana, students will participate in teaching ward rounds with Ghanaian faculty and students; assist with procedures, including LP and parecentesis; complete H&Ps, present patients, and discuss management; and educate patients about their conditions. Outpatient care will be included through experiences at the General Internal Medicine Clinic at the hospital, and at the IHDN clinic in Agbozume, Ghana, a rural community.

Minority Health Care

This elective will explore the relationship of minority patient status to the delivery of health care, patient morbidity and mortality, utilization of health services and current health policy through participating in the delivery of health care services in a clinic serving minority patients. Students will travel to Centreville, IL and work at the Touchette Regional Hospital and/or one of the Clinics, operated by the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. Room and board will be provided. Students will assist and be mentored by practicing physicians who manage patients in the clinic and hospital setting. The experience will be designed to allow the student a measure of independence and responsibility beyond that of the regular clerkship, and will include, but not be limited to, writing H&Ps, progress notes, patient rounds and assisting with procedures.

Medical Care and Education in Japan

This course, lasting from 2-4 weeks (per student request) will allow students to experience first hand what medical care, and medical education, are like in Japan (Aichi Medical School in Nagoya). Students will be allowed to observe Japanese physicians caring for patients, as well as meet and talk to medical students in all 6 years of medical school in order to see the similarities and differences of both clinical medicine and medical education in Japan.

The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.


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