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Academic Medicine Podcast

Feb 15, 2021

"I looked at my own white coat and wondered. What obligation do we, as medical students, physicians, and educators, have to people like the Dreamers, whose health, well-being, and livelihoods are affected by policies and decisions which are, technically, nonmedical?"

Aldis Petriceks, Harvard Medical School second-year medical student, explores how caring for the well-being of all people is inextricably woven into the fabric of social medicine and advocacy.

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the November 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at