Making Medicine Equal
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Making Medicine Equal (MME): Challenges and Approaches to Health Equity
UC San Diego's First Annual 2015 Making Medicine Equal (MME): Challenges and Approaches to Health Equity is a regional conference put together by the university's medical students to spark conversations, promote collaboration, and equip clinicians to tackle a spectrum of health and health care inequities facing our current and future patients. The conference will draw clinicians-in-training from throughout the region and across the clinical landscape—students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health disciplines will convene to become stronger advocates for the underserved.
The conference is structured to include a full day of workshops and challenging discussions led by experts in the field of health disparities research and advocacy. We anticipate 250 clinicians-in-training will attend, representing a rich collection of schools, backgrounds, and clinical interests. In this way, Making Medicine Equal is also a catalyst promoting important connections among California’s future providers of care.
A Critical Step for Social Justice
The amount of information clinicians-in-training need to process in the course of their education is only becoming larger and larger. To achieve appropriate depth on each part of the human body, our curricula tend to focus on physiology, technical expertise, and clinical reasoning—all integral to the delivery of high quality care. However, in focusing deeply on science and clinical technique, we often give short shrift to the complex and critical set of forces besetting patients before and after the point of care: the forces that give rise to disparities in access to and utilization of health care services.
Some these disparities are racial, others are based on gender or age or socioeconomic status, and more still are rooted in sexual orientation or religious practice. We know there are enormous gaps between certain groups; for example, in California, maternal mortality rates among black woman are still more than 4 times the rate for whites. Certain disparities, like differences in insurance coverage, we may assume to have been resolved by the Affordable Care Act. But when you consider that only half of specialist physicians in California accept new Medicaid patients into their offices, if becomes clear that being “insured” and having access to health care are not the same thing.
While many clinicians-in-training may be aware of these disparities, few are provided the knowledge and tools required to combat them. It is our aim that Making Medicine Equal will begin the process of equipping clinicians-in-training with the knowledge and tools to implement change in their training and careers.
Your Gift is an Investment
We do not want cost to prevent any clinician-in-training from attending our conference - that’s why we’re making it free for all of our attendees.
This is where we need your help. Our goal is to raise $8000 to cover our expenses, ranging from the food served during the conference to transportation costs for sought-after experts in the field, and all of the pamphlets, name tags, and other materials in between.
Join us in educating our clinicians on a critical aspect of patient care with a gift today in any amount. The impact of your gift will be far reaching in creating a future generation of clinical leaders capable of making medicine truly equal for patients everywhere.