BIOL 6687: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Patient-Centered Care

Student Leaders: 
Srav Puranam, MD20; Meghna Nandi, MD20
Faculty Adviser: 
Dr. Sadie Elisseou

This course will teach students about the profound impact various forms of trauma, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, adverse childhood experiences, war and combat, community violence, medical trauma, and natural disasters, can have on both mental and physical health and how the effects of trauma manifest across different populations at all stages of life. Furthermore, this course will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice concrete skills from a trauma-informed toolkit and framework around how to create a clinical environment that is not only supportive to patients who have experienced, but also fosters resiliency in all patients regardless of whether they have experienced trauma or not.