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A socially accountable health professional curriculum aims to produce graduates competent in addressing priority health needs in diverse communities. Although parts of the UNM SOM curriculum address issues around health equity and cultural diversity, there is no formal curriculum training medical students to address global health (GH). Before designing our GH curriculum, we surveyed students to determine factors that may contribute to engagement.


Nearly 98% of respondents were interested in GH, and 82% expressed interest in serving underserved populations. 88% of students with past GH experiences wanted to participate in an elective GH curriculum, which was statistically significant compared to students without prior GH experience.


Medical education that trains future physicians to address the needs of vulnerable populations improves student attitudes towards the underserved and increases interest in primary care professions. GH education is broad in spectrum and can be designed from a local is global approach.


This poster was presented at the HSC Education Day 2024.



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