One of the core pillars of RECAP is education. Not only does this mean education for the public, our patients, and practising healthcare professionals but for the next generation of healthcare professionals being trained in universities and colleges who will care for at-risk populations throughout their career. This training is critical to reducing the stigma and misconceptions around treating at-risk persons.
Medical students from Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick are involved with RECAP in various ways that both meet curriculum requirements for their program and allow them to observe health care delivery to our at risk population.
Through clinical electives, students can observe and participate in the care of those with and at risk for Hepatitis C and other blood borne diseases. Many patients use various harm reduction strategies to manage opiate use disorder and other addictions. Mental health co morbidities and the social determinants of health are at play with many of our patients and families. This allows students to be more familiar with the complexities of our community.
Service Based Learning is a program developed as part of Dalhousie's social accountability mandate. Students spend time on site at RECAP but do not have clinical responsibilities. They create projects that allow them to better understand curricular requirements (i.e. harm reduction concepts) but also fulfill a need for the clinic (i.e. development of an after hours program for patients, advocacy materials, etc.).
Below are some of the recent projects:
- Patient needs assessment for after hours programming
- Pamphlet advertising Prenatal services for mothers with Hepatitis C
- (In progress) Video and print education material for hospital staff and patients regarding harm reduction during hospital admission.
Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick also has a Research in Medicine program. Several students have completed or have projects in progress with the faculty aligned with the clinic. See the Research section for examples of these projects.
We hope to engage numerous other professions and sectors for learners willing to engage with the clinic and strengthen our model and outreach.