DACA Medical Students Address the LMSA | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DREAMer medical students at Loyola Stritch to address the Latino Medical Student Association

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Four Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students with deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) status will address the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) delegate congress at its Annual Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., March 27 and 28.

The students will speak in favor of passage of an LMSA policy that supports Latino students applying for medical school regardless of immigration status. It will encourage medical schools to amend their policies to welcome applicants with DACA status and will call upon organizations such as the American Medical Association to support the education and employment of medical professionals with DACA status.

The resolution encourages the American Association of Medical Colleges and other advocacy groups to develop legislative solutions that would eliminate road blocks for individuals with DACA status who are seeking higher education, specifically in the medical fields.

“Our students of DACA status are a shining example of the attributes and talent DREAMers can bring to the medical profession.  Not only by their testimony – but also by their very presence – they will show how patients across the nation will be better served when all medical schools embrace more socially just admissions policies,” said Mark Kuczewski, PhD, chair of the Department of Medical Education at Stritch.

Stritch was the first medical school in the U.S. to change its admissions policy to allow individuals with DACA status to openly apply for medical school. In 2014, Stritch was one of the first medical schools to openly welcome DACA students when seven DREAMer students joined their colleagues as part of the 140-plus member class of 2018. 

With media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.