idk if I'm being unreasonable, but our social determinants of health teaching is often not much more than "if you're less privileged, you have poorer health"

because that's fairly obvious and your students know THAT

what I want to know is how to CHANGE that

also what do people think about front-loading stats about these issues? do you find it helps? does it confirm what you already know?

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@noctiluca depending on the experience level.... a lot of students DON'T find that obvious and DO need to be told.

Similarly, it's obvious to EDUCATED EDUCATORS that parental wealth is a huge driver of academic, but this is not obvious to most people who grow up in a "bootstrap" mentality culture that claims "hard work == success."

Combating that belief is step 1 to figuring out how to actually HELP people. Frx, avoiding: "poor people should just stop being poor!"

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@eleanorkonik ah

that's fair, thank you for pointing that out

I'm curious (generally) what baseline medical students start at :/

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@noctiluca I don't know what they learn in college but I suspect a lot of medical students come from reasonably wealthy families who haven't really interacted with the impacts of poverty before. I've heard anecdotally from friends who work in universities that a lot of med students lack basic knowledge in things like MATH so I would not be surprised if they lacked soft skill knowledge of information that comes out of the social sciences...

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@eleanorkonik yeah that's true

a lot of the medical school admission process is heavily slanted toward privilege (being able to do unpaid job experience, travel costs on placement etc)

so I shouldn't have been surprised, I just expected more :/

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