On September 17, over 35 medical schools across the country brought national awareness to the public health hazard of the firearms epidemic. Thousands of medical students, doctors, nurses and community members gathered for seminars, lectures and educational forums let by trauma surgeons, pediatricians, and gun violence research scholars. These efforts were met with wide national and local media attention (see press links below). New medical and nursing schools continue to join SAFE every day. SAFE is also working to give voice to the many organizations across the country that are committed to fighting the gun violence epidemic, including AFFIRM, AMWA, AMSA, NSNA, Docs Demand Action as well as the Episcopal Diocese of California. Thanks to all the SAFE chapters who participated. See more images on our Instagram.
At SAFE, we have three major aims: education, advocacy and research. Our immediate objectives are to:
Create a national working group, including leaders in gun violence education, to develop curricula for medical and nursing students, and for practicing physicians.
Liaise with LCME, AAMC and state medical groups to identify mechanisms to test curricula and integrate them nationally.
Work with partners to disseminate a consistent message that the firearms epidemic is a public health problem and that doctors and nurses have an important role to play in addressing it.
We need YOU!
SAFE is a rapidly growing organization. Most of our current members are students, nurses, physicians and other professionals with active “day jobs”. We need help. If you are interested in becoming more active in our organization and saving lives through public health advocacy about the firearms epidemic, let us know at the email address below. Areas where we could use help include:
Curriculum, including didactics and OSKEs, interactions with LCME, AAMC, state medical boards
Newsletters and editorials
Advocacy and building of national partnerships
Coordination of medical and nursing school chapters
Social media support