We are thrilled to announce our newest chapter of Citizen Physicians led by two extraordinary and passionate medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Juliana Costanzo Dixon attended the University of Arizona where she studied Anthropology and Molecular Biology. She first became involved in politics as a campaign volunteer during the 2016 presidential primary. After graduating, she worked as a petition circulator gathering signatures for ballot initiatives in Arizona. Juliana is now a member of the inaugural class of the Population Based Urban and Rural Community Health program at University of Massachusetts Medical School, a program focused on preparing future physicians to work in underserved populations. "I believe that public policy can profoundly impact social determinants of health, so it is important for healthcare professionals to remain civically engaged. I am proud to be supporting Citizen Physicians in this goal. "
Shiv Bhadola has called Massachusetts his home for his entire life. After attending MA Boys State, an American Legion program focused on government and citizen involvement, in high school, he went to Boston University, where he majored in neuroscience. In his spare time, Shiv loves keeping up with sports, especially basketball, and making hip hop music. "I think Citizen Physicians has the capability to get motivated individuals engaged at a time of political change, and so I look forward to helping it move forward."
We are thrilled to announce that Victoria Kempter, MBA, has joined the Citizen Physicians Board of Directors.
Always one to be excited by the opportunity to blend a passion for civic engagement with finance, Victoria is excited to serve as Treasurer for Citizen Physicians. Currently, Victoria works in finance at Delta Air Lines. She earned an M.B.A. from Emory's Goizueta Business School and a B.S. in Mathematical Economics from the University of Richmond. Prior to business school, she worked in Washington, DC in finance and administration at the political organization EMILY's List. While in DC, she also served on the Executive Committee of the volunteer-run nonprofit Women's Information Network for nearly three years.
Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Victoria currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Nathan and their cat Jezebel.
Victoria will bring her passion and expertise to our young organization and we couldn't feel luckier to have her join us.
We are thrilled to welcome Suparna Reddy, JD, to Citizen Physician's Board of Directors. A recent graduate of Columbia Law School, Suparna has wasted no time and has already helped guide Citizen Physician's 501(c)3 filing process.
Suparna brings years of fundraising, development, and advocacy experience to the Board with her previous involvement with “No Place for Hate” campaign, as well as work with community NGOs and political activities both in the USA and India.
With regard to joining the Board, Reddy states: "I am particularly impressed by how CP chooses to tackle this issue of physician civic engagement by starting with the grassroots effort of getting medical students and physicians to vote, while also providing opportunities to explore higher levels of engagement through events and networking."
Suparna: we're so glad you've joined the team!
I'm honored to announce that Ambassador Mark Dybul has joined our Board of Directors. Mark has informally provided guidance and mentorship from the time Citizen Physicians was just an idea. So I am thrilled that with his return to the States after his tenure as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, he will be formally joining Liz Schrayer, Barbara Bush, Emily Flower, and Nicole Alexander-Scott on our official Board.
Mark Dybul, MD, is the Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality and Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Mark has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher, and administrator, most recently as the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
After graduating from Georgetown Medical School in Washington D.C., Mark joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a research fellow under director Dr. Anthony Fauci, where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimization, including the first randomized, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa.
Mark was one of the founding architects in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009.
Mark has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards, including a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from Georgetown University.
Mark: we're thrilled to have you!
Founder, Executive Director
[Bio originally posted here and re-posted with permission from Mark Dybul]
Medical students are engaging now more than ever before. Join the movement!
Citizen Physicians is re-launching our National Medical Student Voter Registration Campaign. Participating is easy. Sign up here to receive more information about how to set up a voter registration campaign at your school and get a Citizen Physicians pin for your white coat! Read more here.
We're also recruiting new chapters! We currently have six medical school chapters at Brown, Harvard, U. Chicago, U. Maryland, Georgetown, and Dartmouth. Sign up here for more information about what it takes to found a chapter at your school (hint: it's not much more than hosting a voter registration drive and registering your chapter through your student government). Read more here.
Citizen Physicians is a start-up non-partisan, non-issue-based organization dedicated to training future health care providers in effective civic engagement.
We currently have chapters in six medical schools in the United States. Our programs include:
We are currently undergoing the process of incorporating and filing for 501(c)(3) status. This process includes forming our inaugural Board of Directors. We are actively undergoing a search process to build our Board and are soliciting applications from those interested.
We are particularly interested in recruiting individuals with the following skills:
The expectations of each board member are to:
This is a volunteer position. No compensation will be provided.
For information about Citizen Physicians and the current members of the Board of Directors, please visit http://www.citizenphysicians.org/about.html.
Letters of intent (including why you are interested in joining our Board and the skills you would bring to our Board) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Board of Directors” in the subject line.
Thank you for your interest.
Originally posted 3/30/2017
(Files can now be found in the resources section of the website).
The presidents of the Brown chapter of Citizen Physicians developed and coordinated a new pre-clinical elective entitled "Advocacy in Action." Aaron Shapiro, Executive Director of Citizen Physicians, recently taught a workshop as part of this elective course entitled "Physicians Engaging in Nonviolent Activism."
The power point used in this workshop is attached below.
He also introduced students to Gene Sharp's list of 198 methods of nonviolent activism and created a framework for strategizing acts of nonviolent activism based off of Gene Sharp's methodology (below).
Please feel free to utilize any of these materials for further teaching about nonviolent activism and contact Aaron directly with any questions.
Originally posted 3/30/2017
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As a non-issue-based, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement among healthcare practitioners, we believe that healthcare policy should be evidence based. We encourage medical students and other healthcare workers to get involved in politics (including running for office) because we feel that the evidence based decision making skill-set that scientists possess is an important skill-set that should be universally present in policy making arenas.
For these reasons, Citizen Physicians is excited to be participating in the March for Science on April 22. We hope you join us!
Order a Citizen Physicians March for Science t-shirt here.
Let us know if you plan on participating here so we can keep you updated.
We have a limited number of couches for CP supporters and members to sleep on in the DC/Maryland area for those of you who are making the trek for the official march. If you are interested in being hosted, click here.
Originally posted 2/1/2017
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Citizen Physicians is excited to announce our newest campaign: Engage 2018!
Engage 2018 is our effort to increase civic engagement activities at every medical school across the country and to get every single eligible medical student to vote in the November 2018 midterm election.
If you or someone you know is interested in mobilizing your medical school classmates to get ready for the 2018 election cycle, contact us to talk about starting a chapter of Citizen Physicians at your school and/or sign up for our National Medical Student Voter Registration Campaign!