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      Teaching the Social Determinants of Health: A Path to Equity or a Road to Nowhere? 

      Sharma, Malika; Pinto, Andrew D; Kumagai, Arno K

      Medical schools are increasingly called to include social responsibility in their mandates. As such, they are focusing their attention on the social determinants of health (SDOH) as key drivers in the health of the patients and communities they serve. However, underlying this emphasis on SDOH is the assumption that teaching medical students about SDOH will lead future physicians to take action to help achieve health equity. There is little evidence to support this belief. In many ways, the current approach to SDOH within medical ...