Program in Liberal Medical Education

PLME Senate Programs

The PLME Undergraduate Senate is the official representative body of PLME undergraduate students.

Whole Patient

This program emphasizes the significance of the doctor-patient relationship and attempts to demonstrate to students the importance of promoting patient health as opposed to treating patient disease. The program, recognizing the limited medical knowledge of first-year undergraduate students, does not attempt to address topics from a clinical perspective. Rather, it stresses the role of empathic understanding in the practice of medicine, hopefully establishing precedent for students' future clinical practice.

Whole Physician

This program focuses on life as a medical student and physician. It attempts to show students that life at Brown Medical School is manageable by inviting Brown medical students to answer undergraduates' questions. It also attempts to show students that there is life after medical school by inviting physician alumni to describe the varied paths that each took to become a physician. Thirdly, it attempts to show students that as physicians, they will still be able to lead balanced lives and participate in activities outside of medicine. This is accomplished by inviting physicians with particular passions other than medicine to share their stories and coping mechanisms.

Community Health Advocacy Program (CHAP)

Welcome to CHAP!

The Community Health Advocacy Program (CHAP) works cooperatively with various Providence populations to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals and the community as a whole. Composed of community participants and student volunteers, our teams identify relevant health issues and then create programs, drawing from both communities’ resources, to address these issues. CHAP provides the opportunity for communities and future health care professionals to meet the health care needs of areas that are often underserved due to a variety of social, economic, and cultural barriers.

Our volunteers offer creativity, passion, and dedication while creating fun, interactive health lessons for Providence youth to instill healthy habits at a young age and holding public lecture events to inform the Brown and Providence communities of the latest public health topics.

We currently mobilize over 60 Brown students into nine sites in the Providence community, and we are always looking to expand.

What does being a CHAP volunteer involve?

  • In addition to attending general body meetings, volunteers meet weekly to plan lessons for their site
  • Minimum one-year commitment to a volunteer site
  • 3-5 hours per week of teaching and creating health lessons
  • 3-5 hours per semester of helping with lecture events
  • Free catered social events
  • The opportunity to become a role modelimprove the lives of others, and have an extraordinary experience

Sponsored by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Dr. Julianne Ip, Associate Dean of Medicine.

More information on CHAP can be found on their website.

Community Health Advocacy Program

CHAP has expanded into several daycare centers where student volunteers teach young children basic health lessons. Each younger age classroom consists of approximately fifteen children, ranging between 3 to 6 years of age. Small groups of children rotate between three different interactive and imaginative lessons that relate to a larger health theme, such as dental hygiene or fire safety. Volunteers teach lessons on a weekly basis and develop meaningful relationships with all of the children.

This past year, we’ve covered topics like dental health, sports safety and nutrition, to name a few. These are things that kids need to know, but may not be willing to learn. It is up to the volunteers to help the kids become proactive about their health in an educational and engaging (yet, entertaining!) environment. We do this through a variety of lessons hidden as games tailored to the age of the children we teach – games that the volunteers themselves help create.

Whitmarsh House is a group home for teenage boys where CHAP volunteers visit an evening a week to teach the boys important health lessons, but also to serve as mentors for the eight boys that are there. We interpret health broadly and cover topics that are important for both physical and mental well being, such as nutrition, stress, sleep, alcohol, smoking, and tattoos, as well as issues like anger management and how to get a job. Less structured than the lessons for our younger age group, we strive to be a place where the boys can speak openly and ask questions in a safe environment. Much learning is done through conversations by sharing information and correcting misconceptions, but lessons usually also consist of games and fun demonstrations.

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