DACA Medical Students Honored to Attend LMSA Summit | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DREAMer medical students at Loyola Stritch honored to attend Latino Medical Student Association Annual Policy Summit


Rosa Aramburo (from left), Everado Arias, Manuel Bernal and Diana Andino advocated for change at the Latino Medical Student Association policy summit in Washington, D.C.

MAYWOOD, Ill. (April 1, 2015) – Four Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students with deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) status traveled to Washington, D.C. to address the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) delegate congress at its Annual Policy Summit, March 27-28. First-year medical students Diana Andino, Rosa Aramburo, Everado Arias and Manuel Bernal had the opportunity to be advocates on Capitol Hill concerning health care issues including access to care.

“I was honored to be in the same room with numerous Latino physicians who provide medical care to underserved communities. I was inspired as I watched leaders in the medical field work together to make an impact in local communities,” said Arias.

The students spoke in favor of the passing the LMSA policy that supports Latino students applying for medical school regardless of immigration status. It encourages medical schools to amend their policies to welcome applicants with DACA status and calls for advocacy from medical professional organizations. The resolution was passed along with 15 others that generally seek to promote a more just and equitable health care system in the United States.

“Although there is a lot of work to be done, the passage of the resolution was a great first step. It is a privilege to be a part of Stritch and other organizations that are advocating for change in our health care community to open up more opportunities,” said Andino.

“There is a shortage of Latino physicians in the United States, but I know with the advocacy of LMSA and the work of Loyola Stritch and other medical schools that are opening their doors to new possibilities that the statistics will change. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we DREAMers have a dream,” Arias added.

Loyola 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, Loyola Stritch was the first medical school 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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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.