Recognizing that the health of our patients is often tied intimately to social, economic, and other non-biomedical circumstances, and that our position as medical students and future physicians affords us the opportunity in many cases to influence these circumstances, the BUATP trains medical students in the theory and practice of advocating for the health and well-being of our patients and the communities that we serve.
Specifically, the BUATP trains medical students to:
- understand the social determinants of health at a theoretical level.
- screen patients for social risk factors affecting their current and future health.
- intervene directly to address the social issues disrupting a patient’s health at the individual or community levels.
- leverage resources to effect broader change by addressing these social issues at the community, state, national or international levels.