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 email@example.com 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!
Originally posted 11/10/2016
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During election season, two more medical schools founded chapters of Citizen Physicians, encouraging medical students to prioritize civic engagement. Meet the presidents of the newest chapters of Citizen Physicians at Georgetown Medical School and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth!
Marwah Shahid grew up in Nashville, TN and attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate studies. Her most formative experience while at Vanderbilt was as a member of the Ingram Scholars Program, a four year program committed to developing scholars in service to the community. Because of her interest in health policy and advocacy, she moved to Washington, DC and is currently a fourth year medical student at Georgetown University. She is a Health Justice Scholar at Georgetown and the Legislative Affairs OSR Delegate for the Northeast chapter of the AAMC. She hopes Citizen Physicians can serve as a platform to dissect the intersection of medicine and government.
Ariel Wampler is a second year at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and a 2015 graduate of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. She intends to pursue a M.D.-M.P.H dual degree through The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where she is currently involved in research on shared decision-making and identifying high-value care practices. During college, she performed research on health risk communication, steered and wrote for two student publications focused on health and medicine, and served as both a peer counselor and trainer for prospective counselors. Additionally, she mentored younger pre-health students, twice oversaw Cornell’s annual week-long healthcare conference, and performed extensive fundraising for the Ithaca Free Clinic as well as for a local food bank as part of the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society. During the summer of 2014, as a Public Policy Associate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, she tracked legislation, media coverage, and current research to support mental health advocacy. She ultimately hopes to combine practice with teaching and advising policymakers on healthcare payment reform.
Ashley Dunkle is a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Originally from Ohio, she attended undergraduate at Denison University, majoring in biology with an interest in health sciences. After college, Ashley worked in Copenhagen, Denmark planning and leading academic travel at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. As her global interests grew, Ashley pursued an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, concentrating in global health and epidemiology. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant on a multi-national childhood pneumonia etiology study called PERCH in Lusaka, Zambia. She has also participated in research in OBGYN at Boston Medical Center, and completed a summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, studying refugee health. Ashley spent two years as Program Coordinator for the Global Primary Care Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. She helped manage a global health residency program, global health electives for internal medicine residents, and partnership initiatives in rural Uganda. Prior to starting medical school, she served as a Global Health Corps Fellow in Kampala, Uganda developing curricula to train health workers in managing non-communicable diseases. Ashley believes that health is a human right and aims to serve vulnerable populations in medicine and public health so we may have greater health equity both in the United States and globally.
Originally posted 9/30/2016
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The University of Maryland Citizen Physicians chapter hosted a Clinician-Policymaker Panel on September 29th featuring Dr. Terri Hill, Dr. Clarence Lam, and Dr. Jay Jalisi, all members of the Maryland House of Delegates. They talked about how they got interested in public policy, how medical students can get involved and make a difference, and what the role of a physician in public policy can and should be. Clips from the panel will be featured on NPR in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Thanks so much to the Delegates for their time and wise insights!