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.
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