MOLA at Schurz High school
MOLA Public Health Opportunities to help Evacuees and Immigrants in Chicago
You don’t need to go on a medical mission to help people in need from resent natural disasters. Many of them are right here in Chicago and need resources and medical attention. MOLA will be conducting medical screening exams and assisting evacuees with identifying additional resources during a regular Friday morning clinic at Omni healthcare center (2720 West Division) starting Nov 3rd. Click here to read more
Asking for a bipartisan legislative solution for our DACA recipients. #ProtectDreamers
As part of Chicago MOLA’s advocacy efforts during Protect Dreamers Higher Education Theme Week, the Board of Directors submitted a letter to our Members of Congress asking for a bipartisan legislative solution for our DACA recipients.
Hispanocare Gala – October 21st
MOLA wants to Protect Dreamers!
This week, October 16-20, has been designated as Protect Dreamers “Higher Education Theme Week.” Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact Members of Congress and engage in advocacy activities that highlight the accomplishments and contributions of Dreamers to academic medicine. While Dreamers in medical school and residency training currently number around 100, their impact on peers and future patients will be substantial, and many more Dreamers are still in the undergraduate pipeline… click here to read more
FIRST SATURDAY SPEAKER SERIES EVENT WITH CURIE METROPOLITAN HISH SCHOOL
MOLA Mentors sharing their expertise with @CurieHS Project Forward students on pursuing medical careers and educational success… click here to read more
MOLA SHOWED THE POWERFUL IMPACT THAT LATINO PHYSICIANS AND FRIENDS CAN HAVE WHEN WE CAME TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY AND SUPPLIES FOR DISASTER RELIEF
30 physicians and health professionals got together for a Happy Hour in benefit of victims of recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and México. We raised money towards the relief funds of the Hispanic Federation and… click here to read more…
MOLANDO UNITES LATINO PHYSICIANS IN CHICAGO NETWORKING EVENT AND CALL TO ACTION | DATE PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 19
A brand new Chicago physician group called the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement—“MOLA”— hosted a networking event for physicians on August 30, 2017 at Latinicity in downtown Chicago.
MOLA is a newly inaugurated professional medical association launched earlier this year and already boasting of over 100 members including medical students, residents, physicians, and public health professionals. The event welcomed 80 health professionals, many of whom were new to the organization, and featured keynote speaker José Sánchez, a longtime hospital CEO who shared inspirational stories of health career success within the Latino community.
ENHANCE YOUR ABILITY TO CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS | DATE PUBLISHED | SOURCE: engage-il
Integrate geriatrics into primary care by training clinicians via an online training program.
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Do immigrants “steal” jobs from American workers? | Source: Brookings
Throughout his campaign and into his presidency, President Trump has promised to implement new immigration policies that will help improve the U.S. economy and job market.
A motivating factor behind Trump’s proposed policies—including the construction of a new U.S.- Mexico border wall, more border patrol agents, and stricter deportation policies–is his belief that immigrants are stealing job… Keep Reading
Name of event: NHMA National Conference
Date: May 4th-7th
New Medical Group for Latinos Launches in Chicago
by Pilar Ortega
February 24, 2017
Chicago, IL – In response to dire health access needs in the Hispanic/Latino community and the corresponding strain on Latino health professionals, a handful of local physicians have teamed up to develop the first-ever Chicagobased professional medical association for Latinos: The Medical Organization for Latino Advancement, or MOLA.
Over 60 local providers, including attending physicians, residents, medical students and other health professionals representing all major academic centers in Chicago and many small community private clinics joined together on the evening of February 22nd to celebrate the historic inauguration of MOLA and to discuss the future plans of the organization.
“Many local Latino/Hispanic providers have long been searching for a group that represents us, unites us, and helps us advance in our careers, support our students, and improve our local Hispanic community,” said Dr. Joaquín Estrada, one of the group’s co-founders and colorectal surgeon at Advocate Illinois Medical Center.
For the small percentage of Latinos who do become physicians, the road ahead is paved with roadblocks and challenges due to the pressures to navigate the tricky waters of academic advancement, obtaining competitive grant funding, or making their practices financially viable.
“We just don’t have many mentors or examples from our community of how it can be done,” said Dr. Alex Cano, an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Even successful Latino/a physicians are often overwhelmed by the responsibility that inevitably comes with being the first in the family to reach seemingly insurmountable milestones—graduating from college, becoming a doctor, or publishing in academia.
“We cannot do it alone,” adds MOLA Chair and emergency physician Dr. Pilar Ortega. “It is a great privilege to do what I do as a doctor and to serve my community, but we need to support each other as fellow Latinos in healthcare to increase our impact and numbers.”
Although the target group is physicians and doctors-in-training, MOLA is open to any individuals who wish to advance the health and safety of the Hispanic/Latino community and support their medical careers. In its first year, the MOLA board plans to develop programs targeting physicians interested in academics, education, community practice, and health policy.
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