Medical Students in Youth Corrections: A Community Service Learning Opportunity

Ryan LeBlanc, Jesse Wolfe, Bhupinder Johal, Jayden McIntyre

ABSTRACT

Four medical students conducted a community service program at a local youth custody centre. The program included cooking, exercise, and health-oriented educational discussions. The experience enforced the CanMEDS competencies and allowed the students to develop a greater appreciation of specific health care needs of marginalized populations. This may better prepare students to care for marginalized patients in the future as physicians. Community service learning opportunities are a valuable adjunct to conventional medical education.

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LeBlanc R, Wolfe J, Johal B, McIntyre J. Medical Students in Youth Corrections: A Community Service Learning Opportunity. UBCMJ 2013 5(1):39-50.