Led by students, a nascent climate movement is taking hold in medical education

A growing number of committed young doctors and medical students across the country are working to incorporate climate change into medical education.

When Cecilia Sorensen was an emergency medicine resident practicing at Denver Health in Colorado a few years ago, summer was known as “trauma season.” Gunshot and motor vehicle accident victims, people with heart attacks and COPD would stream into the ER. Later, on a fellowship, she witnessed the health impacts of drought in Syria.

The common driver, she realized, was climate change and its impact, both locally and globally.

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