2021 Conference | HOUSE CALL: Medical Students Partner and Learn from Women Who are Incarcerated




This session was part of Day three of the 2021 Humanism and Healing Conference: Structural Racism and Its Impact on Medicine, hosted by the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

In the spring of 2020, Ohio State University College of Medicine students, from our Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) chapter, reached out to the warden of the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) to form a video forum series about women’s health while incarcerated. The medical students scheduled periodic virtual gatherings that also included the ORW warden, faculty and community advisors, the ORW community as well as the medical staff from ORW. Sessions included education sessions for the medical students on health care issues highlighted by the ORW, as well as a book club featuring authors of The Beauty in Breaking by Michelle Harper, MD, and How Mommy Found Her Way Home by Annette Dominguez and Candace Paulucci. Please join us as we explore this ground-breaking collaboration between the ORW community and the OSU College of Medicine.


1. To explore the creation of this innovative educational experience for medical students and the women of the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) during a time of dual pandemics.

2. To share the stories and the collaborations that were the foundation of this experiential learning initiative.

3. To reflect on the impact of this new community of medical students and the community of women of the ORW.

The speakers:

Michele Harper, MD, is an Emergency Medicine Physician and the Author of The Beauty in Breaking.

Patricia Wynn Brown is a Physicians for Human Rights Advisor.

Linda Stone, MD, is a Special Assistant to the Dean of Humanism and Professionalism.

Rana Elgazzar is President of the GHHS Chapter at the OSU College of Medicine CF.

Sheila Okere is President of Physicians for Human Rights.

Jessica Munoz is a member of Physicians for Human Rights of the GHHS Class of 2021.


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