Medical Education as Mission: Why One Medical School Chose to Accept DREAMers

Mark G. Kuczews­ki and Lin­da Brubak­er, “Med­ical Edu­ca­tion as Mis­sion: Why One Med­ical School Chose to Accept DREAM­ers,” The Hast­ings Cen­ter Report 43, no. 6 (2013): 21–24. DOI: 10.1002/hast.230

Abstract: In Octo­ber 2012, the Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty Chica­go Stritch School of Med­i­cine amend­ed its eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments for admis­sion. In addi­tion to U.S. cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents, per­sons who qual­i­fy for the Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals pro­gram of the Unit­ed States Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Ser­vice are now eli­gi­ble for admis­sion. Sim­ply put, we extend­ed the edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty of med­ical school to peo­ple who are in a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­go­ry of undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants. We became the first med­ical school in the Unit­ed States to have an inten­tion­al, trans­par­ent pol­i­cy of eli­gi­bil­i­ty for per­sons eli­gi­ble for the DACA pro­gram. This expand­ed admis­sions pol­i­cy has gained some atten­tion in the pop­u­lar press and brought us many expres­sions of sup­port. It has also dis­mayed a few mem­bers of our school’s cir­cle of fac­ul­ty and alumni.

We wish to walk you through the his­to­ry of our pol­i­cy’s devel­op­ment. We believe that view­ing it as it devel­oped will make clear three per­ti­nent ideas: this pol­i­cy flows direct­ly from the mis­sion of med­ical schools, it suits a pos­i­tive notion of social jus­tice and is also com­pelled by a duty not to dis­crim­i­nate on arbi­trary grounds, and edu­ca­tors who stew­ard edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions must have the moral courage to place con­sid­er­a­tions of insti­tu­tion­al mis­sion and social jus­tice above the polit­i­cal views and neg­a­tive respons­es of some alum­ni and donors.

Read the full essay in the Novem­ber-Decem­ber 2013 issue of the Hast­ings Cen­ter Report. This arti­cle is avail­able for free on Wiley Online Library.


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