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Promoting Social Justice in Medical Education

A profile of Dean Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Professor Linda Brubaker brings an enthusiasm for medical education, social justice, and her medical specialty fields of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology) to her several roles at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). As a medical scholar, researcher, educator, journal editor, and clinician who sees patients every week, author of nearly 300 journal articles and book chapters, and principal investigator on five federally-funded research grants, she is uniquely suited to leading a medical school in the application of Jesuit educational values.

Brubaker observes that applying the concepts of faith, reason, and justice to higher education is particularly appropriate for medical education, where students may be responsible for their future patients’ lives. Whereas reason forms the basis for the medical science that students are learning, faith can inspire a view of life as sacred, and Loyola’s mission values of equity and integrity are traits conducive to the development of highly effective and compassionate physicians.

Brubaker believes that application of Jesuit values to medical education, medical practice, and patient care, can inform both the medical school’s educational philosophy and curriculum and engenders attitudes promoting compassionate medical practice and patient care.  Social justice is woven throughout the SSOM’s programs but is most evident in the patient-centered medical curriculum. While western medicine increasingly incorporates a “holistic” approach to treatment by considering issues of lifestyle in patient care, the SSOM curriculum also incorporates faith via the Jesuit perspective of “God in all things” that includes the patient.

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