This volume reflects on how anthropologists have engaged in medical education and aims to positively influence the future careers of anthropologists who are currently engaged or are considering a career in medical education. The volume is essential for medical educators, administrators, researchers, and practitioners, those interested in the history of medicine, global health, sociology of health and illness, medical and applied anthropology. For over a century, anthropologists have served in many roles in medical education: teaching, curriculum development, administration, research, and planning. Recent changes in medical education focusing on diversity, social determinants of health, and more humanistic patient-centered care have opened the door for more anthropologists in medical schools. The chapter authors describe various ways in which anthropologists have engaged and are currently involved in training physicians, in various countries, as well as potential new directions in this field. They address critical topics such as:
The volume overall emphasizes the important role of anthropology in educating physicians throughout the world to improve patient care and population health.
Chapter 1. Anthropologists in Medical Education: An Introduction.- Part I: Medical School Culture.- Chapter 2. Beyond Moralism in Medical Education: The Making of Physician-Anthropologists for the study of the good care in France.- Chapter 3. But it’s not on the STEP exams: Challenges to including anthropological knowledge in medical curriculum.- Chapter 4. Strategic Engagements with Future-doctors: Elements of a Stealth Pedagogy.- Part II: Beyond Cultural Competency.- Chapter 5. Getting 'Person-Centered': creating meaningful clinical experiences for health and social care students-in-training.- Chapter 6. Participatory anthropology for teaching behavioral sciences at a medical school in Zambia”.- Chapter 7. Anthropology and the Patient’s Point of View in Canadian Medical Education.- Chapter 8. Equipping medical students with "community competence” in Rural Uganda.- Part III: Ethics and Humanities.- Chapter 9.Translation without Medicalization: Planning and Translating in the Development of a Medical and Health Humanities Program.- Chapter 10. Wearing a cloak and many hats: expectations of anthropologists in an academic health science center.- Chapter 11. Inclusivity in medical education: Teaching Integrative and Alternative Medicine.- Chapter 12. Contextualizing life: the role and potential of anthropology in the changing situation of medical education in Japan.- Part IV: Addressing Socio-cultural Determinants of Health and Health Disparities.- Chapter 13. Lessons from Planning and Implementation of a New Medical School in South Florida.- Chapter 14. Anthropologists on Interprofessional Health Education Teams: A Model from Upstate New York.- Chapter 15. Integrating Health Equity Across a Family Medicine Residency Program in New Mexico: Anthropology as a Solution to a Stubborn Problem.- Chapter 16. Medical Anthropology Teaching at the National Autonomous University of Mexico Medical School: A Reflexive Analysis of Programmatic Development, Challenges, and Future Directions.- Chapter 17.How Medical Students in the United Kingdom Think about Social Sciences. Part V: Epilogue.- Chapter 18. Challenges, Constraints and Futures for Anthropologists in Medical Schools of the World.
Iveris L. Martinez, PhD is Professor, Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair in Gerontology, and Director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Long Beach. She was a founding faculty member of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at Florida International University where she served as chief of the Division of Medicine & Society and chaired the admissions committee for the college for five years. Between 2007 and 2018, she developed and delivered course content on health disparities, cultural competence, and social determinants of health at HWCOM, as well as led an annual interprofessional clinical workshop across the health sciences. An applied anthropologist, she has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Macarthur Foundation, and others for her community-based research on social and cultural factors influencing health, with an emphasis in aging, Latinos, and minority populations. Her current research interests include improving services for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s, reducing social isolation in aging, as well as interprofessional efforts to create age-friendly communities. She previously served as the Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Aging, Inc., the local area agency on aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and President of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course. She received a joint PhD in Anthropology and Population & Family Health Sciences (Public Health) from Johns Hopkins University.
Dennis Wiedman, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. Florida International University. Miami, Florida. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 where he trained in medical anthropology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Employment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine in the Office of Transcultural Education and Research grounded him in clinical anthropology as Director of a Department of Psychiatry community mental health unit. His research interests include Native American health, organizational culture, applying anthropology, and directing culture change. He specializes in social and cultural factors for the global pandemic of Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome. He teaches medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and ethnohistorical research methods. He is the Founding Director of the FIU Global Indigenous Forum with the mission to bring the Indigenous voice to FIU, South Florida, and the world. During more than a decade in the FIU Provost Office he was the University Accreditation Officer and first Director of Program Review. As lead strategic planner for the university’s first major strategic plan he had a key role in planning and envisioning the new FIU Medical school incorporating medical anthropology principles and a community focus. He served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in the practicing/professional seat, and was President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA). Throughout these academic, applied, and practicing leadership experiences, he consistently published on organizational culture theory and analysis in leading journals and book chapters.
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