Social Medicine: February 2017

Social medicine: the study of the complex interplay of social, genetic and environmental factors and their collective impacts on health, disease and the practice of medicine. We dedicate our February 2017 theme issue of in-House to exploring health disparities, social justice, and the social determinants of health in modern medicine.

We seek submissions on all topics within social medicine, including personal reflections on how societal ills have affected the care of your patients, your own challenges with inequity within the medical profession, descriptions of projects you have executed to advocate for patients, and beyond.


Reproductive Justice: Physician Voices Can Make a Difference
Veronica M. Alvarez, MD, MSEd, obstetrics and gynecology resident at Emory School of Medicine

How You Die: When Patients Are in Prison
Manasa Mouli, MD, internal medicine resident at Tufts University School of Medicine

Unseen Song
Sarah Slocum, MD, psychiatry resident at Medical College of Wisconsin

Eggo Waffles, Empathy, and Caring for Our Veterans
Megha Shankar, MD, internal medicine resident at University of Washington School of Medicine

Partnerships for Health: Leveraging and Centralizing Access to Community Health Centers
Matthew Nelson, DO, MPH, MA, family medicine resident at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

A Day at 34 Haverhill Street Clinic
Melissa Palma, MD, family medicine resident at Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency

Substance Abuse and Addiction: Social Medicine in Practice
Mark Kaeppler, MD, cardiology fellow at Medical College of Wisconsin

Doc Like Me
Hillary Newsome, MD, otolaryngology resident at Medical College of Wisconsin

The Paradox of Medical Triumphs
Joseph Lee, MD, MAT, pediatrics resident at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

Disparity in Medicine: A Reflection by a Minority Physician and Neonatologist
Danisha McCall, MD, neonatology fellow at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Restricted Movement and Health in Palestine
Juliana E. Morris, MD, EdM, family medicine resident at University of California San Francisco