P&S Journal: Spring 1994, Vol.14, No.2
Students Find Learning Beyond the Classroom
Seven students volunteer in the Incarnation Center for Children, a facility that provides health services to children with AIDS. Pediatric HIV is a family disease often coupled with poverty. At the Incarnation Center, students participate in staff discussions about the issues involved in caring for this challenging patient population, including psychological, social, legal, and nursing issues, and how a physician interacts with other professionals.
Medical students who choose this elective must commit for an entire year, and each student is assigned one baby. The student interviews the infected mother and a foster mother who cares for an HIV-infected child and visits family court to observe a hearing.