Social Medicine Symposium

May 23-25, 2014 | the Gesundheit! Institute


Register by April 15 to confirm your participation.

For those of us immersed in the day-to-day practice of medicine, or in close study of health and health care, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. The very intensity of our focus can blind us to crucial questions of health care delivery: What's the effect of poverty on epidemiology? How do we take into account the social as well as physical side-effects of our medicine? The discipline known as Social Medicine was launched to address such blind spots, and the Gesundheit! Institute has a unique contribution to the theory and practice of Social Medicine.

social medicine symposium

This spring, the Gesundheit! Institute is offering the Social Medicine Symposium, a non-degree program held May 23-25, 2014 in Hillsboro, WV. The Social Medicine Symposium is intended for students and mid-career professionals who seek training in global health delivery concepts and skills. Based on the cornerstone of the Patch Adams philosophy that “one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the community from the health of the world,” symposium participants will take all three modules during the weekend: 1) The Health of the Individual; 2) Community Health and Social Medicine; and 3) Global Health Delivery Science.

Major Areas of Focus and Program Themes

  • Social determinants of Health
  • Principles of Health Care Delivery in Resource-Poor Settings
  • Decision-Making Skills in the Context of Politics, Economics, and Health
  • Social Change
  • Community Development Projects

In keeping with the original sense of the word "symposium," this educational weekend will also be convivial—suffused with fun and camaraderie, applying our principles to the event itself, in the midst of the warmth and beauty of the ambience on the Gesundheit land in West Virginia.

General Information

Cost: covers food, lodging, all educational workshops, and transportation to/from the Lewisburg airport or White Sulphur Springs train station. This fee does not include your transporation to West Virginia.

Travel: Please meet us at Gesundheit and arrive by the evening of Friday, May 23. You can plan to leave Gesundheit on May 25. The only meal we will be providing on May 25 is breakfast, and we ask you to leave by the afternoon.

Want to Participate?

  1. Visit this link to fill out the Registration Questionnaire.
  2. The full fee or deposit can be paid online via secure Paypal account: HERE
    OR with a check payable to Gesundheit! Institute and mailed to: 122 Franklin St, Urbana, IL 61801

Questions? Contact Melanie for questions or concerns.