Minority medical students are invited to participate in a series of ten online monthly meetings or virtual “happy hours” to discuss a topic of relevance, have questions answered, seek support in navigating tough situations, and to provide and receive rich peer and facilitator support. We will gather together in the virtual world of Second Life, in a beautiful seaside amphitheater developed by Boston University Medical School. Each monthly 90-minute session will open with a mini-presentation on the theme of the evening by family medicine faculty from the STFM Group on Minority Health and Multicultural Education, followed by discussion and sharing of support and resources.
Medical school can be a stressful and trying time for most students, and even more so for minority students who may feel isolated, under-supported, and at times the focus of unintentional or intentional individual and institutional unfairness. At the same time, the United States is looking to increase the number of physicians, particularly in family medicine and primary care, from a full array of diverse backgrounds to serve the many underserved patients and communities across the land. This is an important component of meeting the challenge to decrease health inequities, which is a key objective of the STFM Group on Minority Health and Multicultural Education.
There is no cost for participation. Second Life is free. You must have computer access, a high-speed internet connection, and be able to download applications from the internet to your computer. Most features are not supported on the available iPad and iPhone apps. To hear and speak, you will also need a headset with microphone like you would use with a cellphone, to Skype or for gaming. Review system requirements here.