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Health Education among Medical Students: A Challenge Worth Accepting

Authors

  • Nikolaos Plastaras MD, Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Research Services, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Angeliki Baimaki MD, Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Research Services, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sotirios Karagiannidis Final-year Medical Student, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aikaterini Giannaki Final-year Medical Student, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Nikolaos Vlachopoulos MD, Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Research Services, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Emmanouil Smyrnakis MD, MSc, DSc. Associate Professor, Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Research Services, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1013

Keywords:

Health Education, Medical Students, Medical School, Workshops

Abstract

World health education should be an integral part of every medical school’s curriculum. Unfortunately, this is not always the truth. In an effort to bring medical students of our school closer to Health Education, we developed and implemented a Health Education Program. This Program featured the inclusion of medical students as coordinators, along with the experts of the Team. Herein we share our experience throughout this journey, the obstacles that we faced, and our advice for anyone who might be interested in developing such a program. Furthermore, we discuss what the impact of including medical students as team members and program coordinators can be.

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2021-12-16 — Updated on 2021-12-16

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Plastaras, N., Baimaki, A., Karagiannidis, S., Giannaki, A., Vlachopoulos, N., & Smyrnakis, E. (2021). Health Education among Medical Students: A Challenge Worth Accepting. International Journal of Medical Students, 9(4), 314–316. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1013

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