Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 25, Supplement 2, pp 186–188

Fulfilling the Mission of Academic Medicine: Training Residents in the Health Needs of Prisoners


DOI: 10.1007/s11606-010-1258-4

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Wakeman, S.E. & Rich, J.D. J GEN INTERN MED (2010) 25(Suppl 2): 186. doi:10.1007/s11606-010-1258-4


The single mission of academic medicine is the pursuit of health for all. This mandate serves as a reminder to focus care on vulnerable and underserved populations. The 12 million Americans who cycle through correctional facilities each year are arguably among the most vulnerable populations in this country; predominantly black, with a high burden of disease and many barriers to care after release. Medical training programs should provide exposure to the health needs of prisoners. Residents could establish care with inmates prior to release and arrange follow-up in the community. This addition to training would not only provide care to this underserved group, but also would train residents in the myriad problems prisoners face, and foster social responsibility.


academic residency prison incarceration training 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious DiseaseThe Miriam HospitalProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.The Center for Prisoner Health and Human RightsProvidenceUSA

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