The Dream Act: Reaching beyond the Ivory Tower

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Cudahy Library at Loyola University of Chicago from Wikipedia Commons

This week I received the e-version of my alumni newsletter. One of the stories was particularly inspiring, albeit controversial, so I thought I would share it with you.

The Rambler Connect reported that Loyola University of Chicago will be one of the first medical schools in the nation to accept admission applications from undocumented aliens.

The decision to consider applications is a conscious step to help fill a void in the medical community. The U.S. is facing a significant shortage of physicians. Large portions of the population are under-served by current distribution and demographic profiles of physicians.

Linda Brubaker, MD, dean and chief diversity officer of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine said “DREAMers represent a previously untapped source of qualified and diverse talent that will enrich the medical education environment, the medical profession, and lives of patients.”

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Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act  Photo credit: Wikipedia.

The DREAM Act enables qualified undocumented immigrants to receive a two-year, renewable authorization to stay and work in the United States. Criteria to obtain DACA status include the arrival in the U.S. before age 16, current age under 31, specified levels of education or military service, and an absence of felony conviction or problematic record of misdemeanors.

“We believe these students will help broaden the diversity of the physician workforce. This will benefit not only the many patients who one day these physicians will serve, but also our entire student body. This will help all our students better understand the variety of cultures and people they will be treating,” said Mark Kuczewski, PhD, director of the Stritch School of Medicine’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Public Health.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “My dream is of a place and time where America will be the last great hope on earth.”

Perhaps this will be one of those times.

Click HERE to read the full article by Steve Christensen.

Click HERE for admission information to Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.

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