Spring Social Medicine Symposium

Spring 2019 | Urbana, IL


“Wellness is not an individual project. It’s a communal project.”—Patch Adams MD

Come join us in our four day Social Medicine Symposium in Urbana, Illinois!

Organized by Patch Adams MD and School for Designing a Society, the Symposium looks at the impacts of social context on health, disease and the practice of care. We ask such questions as: What’s the effect of poverty and racism on epidemiology?  How do we take into account the social as well as physical side-effects of our medicine?  The discipline known as Social Medicine was launched to address such questions, and the Gesundheit Institute has had a unique contribution to the theory and practice of Social Medicine.

Based on the Gesundheit philosophy that “one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family/community/society/world” social medicine offers a powerful alternative perspective through which to consider wellness, in contrast to a view dominated by concepts of chemical imbalance, genetics, and individual pathology.

The Social Medicine Symposium is aimed at students and mid-career professionals who seek training in global health delivery concepts and skills. In addition to speaker presentations, there will be small group focus discussions, late night ‘hot spots’, skit-making, role-playing games, clowning. *Certification from Gesundheit Institute is available for credit-seeking participants.


General Information

Cost | $500 for tuition, hotel room, meals, and transportation to/from airport/train station.

Where? | School for Designing a Society in Champaign-Urbana, IL

When? | Dates TBA!

Who should attend? people with a stake in care systems—-health care providers, med-and-nursing-students, teachers, ecologists, students, business people, patients.




How Do I Apply?

Registration is currently closed. Check back soon!

  1. Registration form: Please take a moment to fill out the registration form and make your payment by Credit Card or Bank Transfer. We suggest you submit your application as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. Be Prepared to pay your full $500 registration fee to confirm your participation.
  2. Please Send your Final Payment by April 1st to confirm your participation to the course in April.

Patch Adams MD & Gesundheit Institute, P.O. Box 307, Urbana, IL 61803

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