Climate and Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Planetary Health Report Card

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The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences was rated by its medical students for its quality and depth of climate change curriculum. With a rating of "B" SMHS has made decent efforts on climate change initiatives but still has more room for growth.

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Medical Student Advocacy

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Medical Students at SMHS are joining the fight to advocate for discussion of climate change in their curriculum and empowering themselves to be physicians that are aware of the health consequences of climate change on their future patients .

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The School of Medicine and Health Sciences currently offers several courses related to climate and health:

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EMED 516 Wilderness Medicine

This is a two-week elective exposing students to the practice of medicine in extreme environments consisting of lectures, practicals, skill sessions and simulations/scenarios intended to expose students to the practice of medicine in extreme environments followed by a multi-day camping trip where students learn rescue carries, how to build shelters, and the basics of orienteering and knots. 

Med Student Clerkship Program

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MED 338 Occupational and Environmental Medicine

This is a 2-4 week course where students are assigned to Washington Occupational Health Associates to address the effects of various occupational and environmental health hazards are addressed where the emphasis on the relationship of occupational and environmental medicine to primary care practice.

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IDIS 361 Disaster Medicine

Disaster Medicine is the area of medical specialization that provides health care to disaster survivors and involves medically related disaster preparation, disaster planning, disaster response and disaster recovery leadership throughout the disaster life cycle.

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IDIS 365 Environmental Health Track Elective

This is a 2-4 week elective where students choose a topic related to climate change and human health in conjunction with the course director.

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