Master's Culminating Experience
Gun violence profoundly impacts the landscape of violence in the United States. The costs of gun injuries are, estimated to be $100 billion each year in the United States. Although many physicians and health professionals agree that they have a role to play in the prevention of violence (American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2002), there is a distinct disconnect between perceived responsibility and actual practice (Sidelinger, Guerrero, Rodriguez-Frau, & Mirabal-Colon, 2005). Physicians inherently have a role to play in the prevention of violence. The nature of their occupation places them in the “process” of violence in the form of treatment. It is my contention that a proper gun violence-prevention educational curriculum for medical and aspiring public health professional students can help combat multiple forms of violence, and will help strengthen the infrastructure of public health. In following pages of this manuscript, I have proposed violence prevention module that can be adapted to address multiple types violence and specifically gun violence. This module can be implemented into a degree curriculum to educate medical and public health students. Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s (WSUBSOM) Medical and Master of Public Health’s curriculums were utilized as templates and examples of how and where a gun violence module can be implemented.
Hamilton, S. (2013). A Case for Gun Violence Prevention in Medical and Public Health Curriculum. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.