Medical education for social justice: Paulo Freire revisited

Sayantani DasGupta, Alice Fornari, Kamini Geer, Louisa Hahn, Vanita Kumar, Hyun Joon Lee, Susan Rubin, Marji Gold

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Although social justice is an integral component of medical professionalism, there is little discussion in medical education about how to teach it to future physicians. Using adult learning theory and the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, medical educators can teach a socially-conscious professionalism through educational content and teaching strategies. Such teaching can model non-hierarchical relationships to learners, which can translate to their clinical interactions with patients. Freirian teaching can additionally foster professionalism in both teachers and learners by ensuring that they are involved citizens in their local, national and international communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Medical education
  • Professionalism
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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