Stritch Citizen Physicians
Citizen Physicians is a 501c3 start-up organization with a non-partisan, non-issue-based mission to train future healthcare providers in effective civic engagement. Citizen Physicians was founded by medical students from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is now comprised of chapters from 10 medical schools across the nation, including Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Rudolf Virchow said, "medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale;" Stritch Citizen Physicians draws on this notion toward promoting further civic engagement throughout the Loyola University Medical Center campus. Our goal is that every graduating healthcare practitioner feels competent in their ability to access governmental systems both as individual citizens and as healthcare providers who care for diverse patient populations. Citizen Physicians achieves this goal through four aims, including:
- Creating a culture shift in the medical community towards acknowledging our responsibility as health care providers to understand and engage in political systems.
- Increasing voting registration and voter turnout among health care students and practitioners.
- Inviting local leaders to speak on best practices in civic engagement to empower future health care practitioners to become effective leaders in areas they feel passionately about.
- Conducting nuts 'n bolts civics trainings to teach future health care providers how to engage effectively as individual citizens in the political arena.
- Amy Blair (email@example.com)