ELEC 5041 Homelessness & Addiction

Course Director

Richard Usatine, M.D.

Course Description

This course is for first- and second-year medical students with a special interest in learning about issues surrounding homelessness and addiction and how these issues relate to the provision of healthcare to underserved and vulnerable populations.  Throughout the course of the academic year, students will attend monthly sessions on campus to discuss these issues in depth. Professionals in these fields will also present to the students the current state of health care in these populations. In addition, students will attend clinic sessions at the six Student-Run Free Clinics (Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice) where they will work alongside fourth-year medical students.

Course Objectives

  1. To increase awareness about homelessness and addiction, and how it relates to health care
  2. To prepare first and second-year students for working at Student-Run Clinics (Student-Faculty Collaborative Practice)
  3. To encourage student teaching within all four years of medical school

Course Requirements

  1. Monthly class sessions
  2. Clinical hours at Student-Run Free Clinics (Student Faculty Collaborative Practice)

If you are interested in the course, please contact Iris Mast at masti@uthscsa.edu or humanities@uthscsa.edu