A med student’s blueprint for joining the fight against anti-science | American Medical Association

To fight anti-science, a new generation of physicians must vocally contribute to the public discourse. Here’s how med students can position themselves to do that.

If there is an antidote to anti-science, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, believes he knows what it is: more credible voices speaking in large forums.

“One of the reasons we have these anti-science movements is because we don’t have physicians and scientists talking about these issues,” said Dr. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular and virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “We are too invisible.”

Recent events, Dr. Hotez says, have made the need for visibility very apparent.

“If this COVID-19 pandemic has shown us one thing, it’s a need for physicians who are articulate and can speak compassionately to the public, write authoritatively and have really strong verbal communication skills,” he said.

Source: A med student’s blueprint for joining the fight against anti-science | American Medical Association


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