MD ID 6570 (2024/2025)

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MD ID 6570 - Political Asylum Medicine
The aim of this elective is to educate medical students primarily, with the intention of later offering credit to residents and
fellows, in advocacy and medical-legal partnerships designed to support individuals seeking political asylum in the United
During this elective, students will explore how forensic evaluations are conducted, documented, and their clinical utility in
immigration courts. Specifically, students will develop, practice, and refine their ability to document quality affidavits that
can be utilized as objective medical evidence in an individual's case for asylum. Students who attend the required core
competency sessions will be permitted to shadow physicians and assist during forensic medical evaluations in the University
of Utah's Asylum Clinic.
Additionally, students will be introduced to themes such as trauma-informed care, how to serve LGBTQ+ and pediatric
clients, and the diversity of asylum cases that are addressed in the Intermountain West. This elective is directed towards all
medical students interested in working with medically underserved populations and patients whose health is largely
affected by legal, social, and cultural barriers to care.
Medicine, Interdepartmental
Credit Range
.5 - .5
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Possible Grade(s)
Fail (F)Pass (P)
Add Policy
Course may be added to schedule 30 days before it starts.
Drop Policy
Course may be dropped from schedule 30 days before it starts.
No syllabus.

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