Social Change, Injury Prevention, and the Practice of Medicine

Director(s): Lois Lee, Rebekah Mannix
Offered: Spring; February 7, 2020 – March 27, 2020. Fridays.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The shootings in Las Vegas, NV and Parkland, FL have been recent examples of how traumatic events can lead to movements of social change. Historically, social change has been an important part of large-scale injury prevention, and often this has been driven by those in the practice of medicine. For example a pediatrician developed the child-proof cap to prevent lethal ingestions of aspirin by children. A physician was a leader in the movement towards safer cars and roads to decrease injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes. This 9 week seminar course will illustrate through expert speakers and class participation how injury prevention through social change has been and continues to be associated with practice of medicine. Topics include firearm injuries, opioid ingestions, child abuse, motor vehicle safety, sports injuries, and medical consequences of disasters. The course in sponsored by the Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital and is hosted by Harvard Medical School.
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