UCSF CME: Medical Care of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

The Division of General Internal Medicine at ZSFG offers an annual CME course through the UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Course Overview:

With publicly insured and uninsured patients making up about half of all outpatient visits in the US, and millions of previously uninsured patients increasing their access to health care through Medicaid expansions, becoming an expert in caring for the complicated medical and social needs of vulnerable and underserved patients is crucial to every healthcare provider. 

Vulnerable Populations are subgroups of the larger population that, because of unequal or discriminatory social, economic, political, structural, geographic and historical forces, are exposed to a greater risk of risks, and are thereby at a disadvantage with respect to their health and health care. The health disparities that have resulted from these disadvantages have motivated many of us in the healthcare community to focus on pursuing health equity, or strive for the highest possible standard of health for all people, by centering our work on historically marginalized and oppressed communities. 

World-class experts and front-line practitioners from the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations will present contemporary approaches to optimize care for the common conditions that affect under-resourced and historically marginalized populations, mitigate the unique challenges faced by these populations, advocate for social justice and health equity and thrive in our work. Topics to be covered will include updates in a broad range of diseases that result from structural inequities and the traumatic effects of many forms of oppression such as HIV, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, depression, PTSD, obesity, hepatitis and substance use disorders. We also discuss how clinicians can address social factors - many stemming from oppression and inequitable distribution of resources  -- that complicate the management of medical illness, such as homelessness, school suspension, limited health literacy, food insecurity, violence and incarceration. Each day will also feature a nationally renowned figure who, through narrative approaches, will deliver pearls and impart wisdom and inspiration with respect to how to stay engaged, connected and well-grounded in this work.

Upcoming course dates: Fall, 2023. 

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