Title of Presentation : A Model for Interdisciplinary Clinical Legal Education: Medical and Legal Professionals Learning and Working Together to Promote Public Health

Names of all Presenters : Lisa Bliss, Sylvia Caley, Robert Pettignano

Short Abstract : This paper will describe how the authors have developed an innovative interdisciplinary education program at Georgia State University College of Law in which law students learn side-by-side with medical students, residents, physicians and other care providers. This unique educational collaboration helps students understand the socioeconomic determinants of health and how to better address issues that can affect the health and well-being of low-income families. The education program is part of a medical-legal partnership known as the Health Law Partnership (HeLP). The curriculum provides a multi-facted interdisciplinary learning experience for law students, medical students, social work students, public health students and pediatric residents. The paper describes the objectives of the interdisciplinary curriculum, examples of interdisciplinary learning experiences of students and students’ reactions to those experiences.

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