Optional Enrichment Electives

Health Issues Affecting the Community of Worcester: The Bigger Picture

The course exposes medical and nursing students at UMass to the health needs of the community in which they live, study, and train, with a particular focus on underserved communities. In traditional medical training, students see only individual patients, and are not exposed to the problems of the community within the broader context.

The Bigger Picture optional enrichment course augments the elements of the UMMS curriculum which prepare students to address the needs future patients’ needs holistically, such as the unique Community Health Clerkship (CHC), the Doctoring and Clinical Skills (DCS) course, and the “Physician as Patient and Community Advocate” core competency, among numerous other opportunities.

For further information, please contact:

Tim.Gleeson@umassmed.edu  MSII
Michelle.Dyke@umassmed.edu  MSII
Jarred.Mcateer@umassmed.edu  MSII


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