Events 2021-22

Spring 2022

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MD/PhD in the Social Sciences Roundtable

Are you interested in potentially combining an MD with a PhD in the social sciences? Unsure about what this path entails? This roundtable brings together MD/PhDs from a range of social science disciplines who will speak about their own trajectories and answer your questions.

April 18, 2022

Afia Khan, MD/PhD candidate at the University of Chicago
Afia graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics, with interests in health access and medical discrimination. Afia is pursuing an MD/PhD at the Harris School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on characterizing delays in accessing healthcare and disparities in health outcomes. She is interested in a career in internal medicine or psychiatry. 

David Meltzer, Professor of Medicine , University of Chicago
Dr. Meltzer trained in internal medicine and has a PhD in economics. One major area of his work aims to improve the cost and quality of hospital care. He has studied the effects of hospitalists on costs and outcomes and developed the Comprehensive Care Physician Model. His other main research focus is on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis, which he is applying in the context of diabetes and prostate cancer.

Michelle Munyikwa, Resident Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania & Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Michelle Munyikwa received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021 and is a current resident in combined internal medicine & pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, she earned her PhD in anthropology. She works at the intersection of medical and political anthropology, examining the interactions of trauma, history, and the law in practices of care in the United States. Her book project in progress, The Spatial Promise of Refuge, explores these questions in the context of Philadelphia. 

Steve Server, MD/PhD candidate at the University of Chicago
Steve is in his seventh year of study.  He is a member of the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) and the Department of History. His dissertation focuses on a medical education/public health program developed in 1930s Mexico, which he uses as a case study to explore the emotional dimensions of professional formation and the politics of health.  He is currently teaching two courses, Medical Ethics in the Hospital and Clinic and Introduction to Health and Society.  Next year, he plans to apply to psychiatric residency programs.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the BSD 

This event will cover ways that students can get involved in clinical research in the BSD. Many of these research opportunities integrate the behavioral sciences, medicine, and public health into translational clinical research projects.

April 13, 2022

David Meltzer, Professor of Medicine , University of Chicago
Dr. Meltzer trained in internal medicine and has a PhD in economics. One major area of his work aims to improve the cost and quality of hospital care. He has studied the effects of hospitalists on costs and outcomes and developed the Comprehensive Care Physician Model. His other main research focus is on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis, which he is applying in the context of diabetes and prostate cancer.

Alexandra Tate, Research Director , University of Chicago
Dr. Tate is a Research Director in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. As a medical sociologist, her research uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine the implementation of health care policies in the U.S. Her interests lie in the complexities of doctor-patient interaction and implications for patient care, with a focus on the therapeutic relationship between clinicians and patients with complex illnesses. Her current research projects investigate physician and patient attitudes towards end-of-life care, documentation of end-of-life preferences, and perceptions of death and dying. Her research aims to benefit the medical and patient communities through in-depth fieldwork and comprehensive surveys. She has presented her work at the American Sociological Association, the National Communication Association, and the International Conference on Conversation Analysis, among others.

Autumn 2021

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Autumn 2021 Minor Open House

October 25, 2021

The Minor in Health and Society welcomes all undergraduate students to our virtual open house. This session will feature an overview of the program as well as perspectives from current minors.