Elective Years 1 and 2: Community Engagement

Department: Medical Student's Association
Title: Community Engagement - Mix and Match
Location: University of Alberta

12 hours



Sai Vemula, MSA VP Community Engagement

Preceptor: Dr Katherine Smith  kesmith@ualberta.ca

Overview: The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine highly values social accountability and works towards educating all students on how to incorporate this into their future practices. In this elective, students will attend a session outlining the importance of social accountability. The remaining hours will be completed through shadowing and lecture opportunities in any of the following categories: Global Health Education and Advocacy, Indigenous Health, Inner City Health or Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Medical students will:

  1. Appreciate the role of a health advocate and the different levels of advocacy in health care
  2. Assume the responsibilities of an advocate by engaging in experiential learning through interactions within the community.
    More specifically students will:
  • Identify and access the unique social determinants of health pertaining to vulnerable populations (for example, refugees)
  • Acquire an awareness of cultural sensitivity through engagement within the community and articulate how this knowledge will inform patient care
Additional Notes:

To receive any credit for the Community Engagement Mix and Match elective, you must complete a minimum of 12 hours in the associated electives (ie. Global Health Education and Advocacy, Indigenous Health , Inner City Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health or American Sign Language for Medical Students).


Last Updated: May 25, 2023