The profession of medical sociologist in the future: implications for training programs

  • S. Bloom


After some background data about the general occupational role of medical sociology, I will describe the role patterns of sociology within the institutions of medicine, especially medical schools. I will then discuss the manpower of medical sociology, its sources and types of training. Finally, I will analyze the work of medical sociology in terms of the actual role demands, asking whether our current types of training are appropriate for their intended outcomes. It should be noted that throughout, I refer to the situation in the United States.1


Medical Education Behavioral Science Work Role Research Training Russell Sage Foundation 
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