Promoting Social Justice in Medical Education

A profile of Dean Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Professor Linda Brubaker brings an enthusiasm for medical education, social justice, and her medical specialty fields of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology) to her several roles at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). As a medical scholar, researcher, educator, journal editor, and clinician who sees patients every week, author of nearly 300 journal articles and book chapters, and principal investigator on five federally-funded research grants, she is uniquely suited to leading a medical school in the application of Jesuit educational values…

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A Doctor’s Personal, Religious, and Professional Struggle to Wear the Niqab

By Claudio Violato

As a professor and researcher studying the experiences of physicians, including international medical doctors (IMDs), I have interviewed and studied many hundreds of doctors.  These doctors have come from over 35 countries from every continent in the world speaking more than 50 languages. I have heard their stories, why they left their home countries and faced many challenges trying to enter the medical profession in Canada or the United States…

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Presence and Vulnerability in Medical Education

By Sunny Nakae

In my MSW program I took a diversity and social justice course.  The class was very engaged and often intense; we became well acquainted as we shared our stories.  Mid-way through the semester the instructor assigned us to read an article from our local newspaper about living with HIV.  The article, unbeknownst to the instructor, happened to feature an individual in our class.  Everyone was acutely aware as we shuffled into the classroom that day. We did not know what to expect…Read More »

“Under the Mesquite” A Mexican-American Cultural Awareness Narrative for MedEd

By Mark Kuczewski

Helping medical students to gain cultural awareness and insight into the experience of patients and families from backgrounds different than their own is no small task.  And the search for poignant materials that are easily fit within the demanding environment of a medical school curriculum is never-ending. The good news is that I can unequivocally recommend Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee & Low Books, 2011). This narrative will help students to gain insight into the meaning of illness within families, especially within the context of a particular contemporary newly-arrived Mexican-American family…Read More »