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Boston - 2012

Boston 2012 Trip Report

In September of the 2012/2013 Geisel academic year, four MS2 Geisel School of Medicine scholars (Swapna Sharma, Emily Carson, Katherine Zeitler and Joseph Graterol) and four new MS1 Geisel School of Medicine scholars (Asha Clarke, Bianca Williams, Inyang Jr Udo-Inyang, and Evelyn Bae) visited the city of Boston, a city with a considerably diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic population. Boston has recently undergone significant health care reform in recent years, providing the scholars a unique opportunity to explore how these policy changes have affected the city's more vulnerable populations and the institutions that serve them.

During their trip, the scholars had the opportunity to visit and tour the Lawrence Family Health Center, discuss Medical-Legal partnerships with Geisel alumna Dr. Megan Sandel in the Boston Medical Pediatrics department, volunteer at the annual Mattapan Health Care Revival, among many other things. The scholars followed up this trip with a journal article discussion back at Geisel about the work that Dr. Sandel has undertaken with Medical-Legal partnerships, so that their fellow students could also be informed about her work.