Service-Learning in Healthy Aging for Medical Students and Family Medicine Residents
Staci Young1, Tovah Bates2, Marie Wolff3, Cheryl A Maurana4
1 Community and Student Program Coordinator, Dean for Public and Community Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
2 Assistant Professor, Healthy Aging Initiative, Dean for Public and Community Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
3 Assistant Professor, Dean for Public and Community Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
4 Senior Associate, Dean for Public and Community Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Community and Student Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Communities, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Introduction: Community-based educational opportunities can diversify and strengthen traditional clinical education. With growing diversity of patient populations and increasing life expectancy, it is imperative that medical students and residents prepare for practice within this context. The Center for Healthy Communities in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA developed a community-based, service-learning program in healthy aging to address this need.
Objectives: The goals of the Chat and Chew program are to: generate medical student/resident awareness of community health, aging, and diversity; train medical students/residents to present health information to older, minority community members; encourage medical students/residents to view community members as ''teachers'' as well as patients; and provide needed health information and socialization opportunities to elderly public housing tenants.
Implications: Medical students and residents gain the opportunity to interact with community members about the health issues that concern them. They also bene.t from seeing community members in their real life context and learning about their healthrelated experiences. The housing tenants help shape how future patients will be understood and treated by the physicians who participated in the service-learning program. The purpose of this article is to: (1) provide an overview of service-learning and the Chat and Chew program, including reection components; and (2) discuss how this program has become an integral part of the family medicine residency curriculum.