learn much about treating gunshot wounds, trauma and shock, but
little about preventing gun violence or even talking to patients
about the problem. To correct that situation, the University of
Illinois Student Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility
is holding an all-day conference entitled Medical Students Unite
to End Gun Violence to educate fellow students in the health professions
and motivate them to take action.
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
600 S. Paulina St., room 976
has been organized to encourage student health professionals to
join in fighting the epidemic of gun violence.
includes keynote speaker Richard Withers, from the Firearm
Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin; a testimonial
on the consequences of gun violence from Herman, a life-long
resident of the Cabrini Green housing project; a role-playing
exercise teaching physicians how to counsel patients who are the
victims or perpetrators of gun violence; information on programs
available in the city, like the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention,
and a discussion of policy options.
featured speakers include:
Katherine Christoffel, a pediatrician at Children's Memorial
Hospital and director of the Handgun
Epidemic Lowering Plan (HELP) Network;
Michelle Gittler, director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program
at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital;
Mitra Kalelkar, Cook County deputy medical examiner; and
Joe DiCara, director of the Chicago Youth Programs.
is being held in conjunction with the First Monday 2000 Campaign.
The First Monday Campaign (named for the first Monday in October,
when the Supreme Court opens its session) is an annual project of
the Alliance for Justice, which encourages law students to become
more active in social justice issues. This year, the Alliance chose
the theme of gun violence prevention and joined forces with Physicians
for Social Responsibility.