What is street medicine? Does anyone know about it? Those who are closely acquainted with it call it street med.
It is a rapidly expanding sector of medicine addressing the unique needs of health and social service surrounding the homeless and unsheltered segment of the population and society.
Street medicine experts, providers, and physicians have embraced a philosophy of kinship and reducing harm whilst providing essential hospitality and healthcare to people in need.
Street Medicine experts say ‘We meet people where they are’ and that too in a literal and real sense.
Occupying a role as a member on the leadership board for street med programs in any city across the United States will help med students obtain a new sense of society and view the communities not just from the class basis but also as a landscape that is different from the place they are in (a medical school that is).
Newcomers in street medicine should understand that the shifting perception of any city can be experienced explicitly the moment med students decide to start exploring the street.
It will take time for them to understand reality but when they are immersed in what they see, it will feel like one of the roughest periods in their lives and that of society.
They should not be afraid to hear the truth because in every city of the world, regardless of the country; a zone exists which is like a war zone, an area in ruins.
But, as members of street medicine; they lay the foundation for rejuvenating the area.
AS they start looking around, what they gather is not just a bad area, but a piece of land where a community that has been lagging behind due to any reason is facing problems with their existence.
WIth laws and regulations changing and cultural and social norms evolving, they are also intrinsic to the community there.
In fact, they deserve to be helped.
The experience of a medical grad in street medicine described briefly
A medical graduate from a top-notch medical University in Caribbean explains his time in Camden, New Jersey.
According to him, there was more than what meets the eye. He had also mentioned well-entrenched social conventions becoming a part of society to the point that they have their own set of rules and laws for governance, which are unwritten.
Moreover, there were rules regarding who can lead people at certain locations and for how long they can do so. There are numerous social divisions and rivalries that actually designate which person can talk to which and for what reasons, and vice versa.
However, all of this can seem like interesting observations by academics and students in medical school; in reality, this has been the driving force of societal behavior and interactions of physicians with their patients.
Street medicine doctors and experts (street Medders) must always understand that they are guests in the space of their patients and must always take precautions to be guests and avert turning into intruders.
From the graduate’s perspective of a freshman physician, the friends he made from that segment of the society face tough moments daily which no one ever faces.
They are exposed to the elements 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and at times they often lack the supplies that are needed to maintain their health.
When a person becomes sick, they avoid going to physicians. Not because they think that the doctors would not be nice to them but also the healthcare system often treats them in a way that leaves them stigmatized, wrongful diagnosis containing stigmatizing ICD-10 code of maligning them when all they need is an antibiotic or a nice meal when being treated.
However, this is a common wrong perception. At hospitals, homeless people have treated nicely thanks to investments from street medicine in making deep, real, and dedicated relationships with homeless people and this are coming to fruition (Green Tea Fat Burner).
The countless hours street Medders spend, especially the exhausting yet rewarding work has enabled them to earn the trust of those they serve, are serving, and have served.
Also, through leveraging such a level of trust, they have guided their patients to seek the care they need without hesitation and they deserve to optimize their quality of life, well-being, and development.
This helps them achieve the goal of street medicine.