AMEE Presenation by KCL: What did medical students learn from discussion of climate change?
This powerpoint, presented at the AMEE conference, includes a series of quotes from KCL medical students' essays after a ‘climate change’ workshop, covering direct and indirect impacts, healthy equity, social determinants of health, environmental impacts of healthcare etc.
Students recognised the importance of:
- International action
- An interdisciplinary perspective
- A policy level approach
In summary, topics related to climate change provided opportunities for students to discuss:
- Global burden of disease
- Socioeconomic & environmental determinants of health
- Health systems
- Global health governance
- Human rights & ethics
- Cultural diversity & health
(Johnson et al. Global health learning outcomes for medical students in the UK. Lancet 2012, 379: 2033-35)
Conclusion: the challenge is how to encourage students to consider themselves as agents of change in their role as health professionals.
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