Medical schools must prepare students to work in a world altered by climate change
SOURCE: STATNEWS, March 19, 2019
Climate change is the context in which today’s medical students will practice medicine, a growing environmental emergency that will have devastating health impacts. Food shortages induced by climate change are alone expected to account for more than 500,000 additional deaths globally by 2050. Regardless of their personal interest in climate change or their belief that advocacy about it is within the scope of medical practice, physicians will be on the front lines of confronting its effects.
Action on climate change has been paralyzed by denial, misunderstanding of its urgency, and a sense of powerlessness in the face of an existential threat. This is why it is especially important for medical schools to integrate climate change into their curricula so future physicians understand the challenges and are prepared to use their positions as care providers, educators, and advocates to tackle this threat.
This news is related to one of the 12 themes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s World Conference on Health and Climate Change.