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My patientsí health depends on addressing climate change
Penn State University ^ | February 10, 2019 | By Autumn Vogel, Student

Posted on 02/11/2019 11:34:41 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Our health system is already overburdened, and extreme climate change could put it over the edge. And it will unfortunately be our most vulnerable communities - low income communities, communities of color, and places where health care is already hard to come by - who will suffer the worst consequences.

As a fourth-year medical student, I’ve learned plenty about caring for patients with common illnesses and injuries. But as a native of fire-ravaged Northern California, and a student in Pennsylvania - where I hear regularly about communities torn apart by the natural gas industry - I can’t help but worry about my ability to care for my patients in an age of climate change.

Climate change isn’t just an environmental crisis, after all. It’s a looming health crisis. More hurricanes, floods, droughts, and wildfires means more disease, dehydration, famine, injury, and death.

Our health system is already overburdened, and extreme climate change could put it over the edge. And it will unfortunately be our most vulnerable communities - low income communities, communities of color, and places where health care is already hard to come by - who will suffer the worst consequences.

While my medical school’s curriculum encourages deep thinking about how to expand health care for underserved communities, it’s included little if any acknowledgement of the coming climate catastrophe.

Some medical colleges are beginning to wake up to the need to prepare the future generation of physicians to handle these challenges, and more colleges are joining this critical effort each day. For example, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recently launched a Climate Change Curriculum Infusion Project, which seeks to prepare future physicians by weaving the impacts of climate change on health into existing medical curriculum.

We know that climate change is real, manmade, and accelerating far beyond what researchers originally predicted. It’s not up for debate. There are countless studies to back that up - including the Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the 2018 Global Climate Report, and the Fourth National Climate Assessment, to name a few.

We didn’t create this pending catastrophe - an overzealous, greedy fossil fuel industry did. But my generation will have to bear the consequences of their recklessness, and a whole generation of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals will have to care for those who suffer.

As the data rolls in, we understand that climate change has already begun to make permanent changes to our world - and that only rapid, sweeping changes to our energy system and environmental policies will even begin to mitigate the damage.

The truth is we’re moving too slow. Under the current U.S. administration, we’re in fact moving in the wrong direction if we hope to minimize this looming health crisis. We need to commit to zero emissions and an overhaul of our energy system to renewables - yesterday.

Whatever happens on the policy front, health professionals need to be ready for the disruptions we know are coming.

Medical colleges are in a unique position, and have a distinct obligation, to prepare future generations of physicians for the challenge of a lifetime. Medical students need our educators to help us - not only to prepare our medical practice, but to take leadership in pushing for the sweeping policy changes required to avert the worst consequences of this impending disaster.

We need everyone to wake up and see that if we don’t act boldly now, we’ll have a crisis too big for our system to handle - and too much for any budding physician’s hands to hold.

Autumn Vogel is a fourth-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine and a student representative on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: globalwarming; hoax; pantload; propaganda; socialism
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1 posted on 02/11/2019 11:34:41 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Phobia!


2 posted on 02/11/2019 11:36:56 AM PST by the_daug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

3 posted on 02/11/2019 11:37:04 AM PST by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
See, those that are at the bottom of the class rankings in med school are called----------doctor. Think she'll ask about 🔫🚬🍻🍷🍸🍹
4 posted on 02/11/2019 11:37:58 AM PST by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As a fourth-year medical student, I’ve learned plenty about caring for patients with common illnesses and injuries. But as a native of fire-ravaged Northern California, and a student in Pennsylvania - where I hear regularly about communities torn apart by the natural gas industry - I can’t help but worry about my ability to care for my patients in an age of climate change.

“I would be worried if you were my Doctor....”


5 posted on 02/11/2019 11:38:27 AM PST by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’ll have to remember that name. That’s one doctor I would trust to have my well being at heart.


6 posted on 02/11/2019 11:38:33 AM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Tench_Coxe

Make that “would not trust”


7 posted on 02/11/2019 11:39:26 AM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good grief how did she get into medical school!


8 posted on 02/11/2019 11:39:54 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Tench_Coxe

My doctor graduated from the Univ. of PA - a much better school than Penn State. Of course, who knows now what they’re teaching at the Univ. of PA.


9 posted on 02/11/2019 11:40:20 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: the_daug

Good to know her name....someone to avoid as an MD.


10 posted on 02/11/2019 11:40:51 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Life is about ass, you're either covering, hauling, laughing, kicking, kissing, or behaving like one)
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To: the_daug

Remember this name. If you ever need an MD and her name is:
Autumn Vogel.

Run away. Your dead dogs are better scientists than this loser.


11 posted on 02/11/2019 11:43:45 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stop Medieval Diseases With A Medieval Wall: Illegal migration is leading to a wave of outbreaks!!!!)
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To: Ouderkirk

She sounds like a moonbat quack.

Her potential patients should avoid her like the plague.


12 posted on 02/11/2019 11:44:24 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (President Trump is right! The media IS the enemy of the people!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
She's wrong of course. Here's one simple reason why:

There's up to 20% higher mortality when there's a bad strain of flu. Otherwise just 10% higher mortality in winter.

13 posted on 02/11/2019 11:45:15 AM PST by palmer (...if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“We know that climate change is real, manmade, and accelerating far beyond what researchers originally predicted. It’s not up for debate.”

Why because you, not yet a doctor, said so?
And while I’m asking, other than an unfortunate explosion how is it that “communities torn apart by the natural gas industry” ?
Please, please don’t do your residency at my institution, I’m beggin ya.


14 posted on 02/11/2019 11:50:11 AM PST by mistfree (It's a very uncreative man who can't think of more than one way to spell a word.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Good luck treating your patients after the leftists do away with the electric power grid, paved roads, air transportation of goods (like medicine), x-rays, MRIs, radiology, etc.

You're going to find yourself living like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and handing your patients leeches for their cancer. All so the sea levels in Guam don't go up a 16th of an inch.

15 posted on 02/11/2019 11:50:16 AM PST by dead (Our next president is going to be sooooo boring.)
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To: the_daug

Autumn, you need some courses that teach you how to imagine complex systems. You ain’t got it yet.


16 posted on 02/11/2019 11:52:38 AM PST by jimfree (My18 y/o granddaughter continues to have more quality exec experience than an 8 year Obama.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I an getting sick of this BS. I have Haplogroup I, which means we have been around, in Europe for 37,000 years.

I believe there was an Ice Age or two, various plagues, petulance's, and other unpleasantness's.

17 posted on 02/11/2019 11:52:38 AM PST by Little Bill (VN 65 - 68)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“I can’t help but worry about my ability to care for my patients in an age of climate change.”

Get help you sick assholette.


18 posted on 02/11/2019 11:53:20 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Grampa Dave

“If you ever need an MD and her name is:
Autumn Vogel.”

Vogel means bird in German....in her case bird-brain.


19 posted on 02/11/2019 11:55:49 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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“And it will unfortunately be our most vulnerable communities - low income communities, communities of color, and places where health care is already hard to come by - who will suffer the worst consequences.”

And this whackjob is on track to be an MD?


20 posted on 02/11/2019 11:58:38 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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