A STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO AND THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF PHILADELPHIA
For three months, we have all been living through the worst American medical crisis in a century. Now, after yet another slaying of an African-American man by a uniformed police officer, we are in the midst of profound civil unrest, throughout the country and in our own city.
The College of Physicians and its many notable programs – the Mütter Museum, the Center for Education, and the Historical Medical Library – has evolved into an educational and cultural beacon dedicated to serving the broad and diverse population of the Philadelphia region. As an institution so committed, we stand firmly with Black Lives Matter.
As we slowly move to reopen our City, we must strive to have a Philadelphia that represents multiple expressions of living within which every person’s potential is recognized and encouraged to develop. Because of our unique position, we are morally obligated to speak about health and health care disparities as a cause as well as a result of inequality. We have some of the most distinguished medical institutions in the world and rightfully as the home of the first American hospital and the oldest medical society in the country, we should feel a responsibility to address inequity.
At times, it is difficult not to be discouraged about where we have been and where we are going. But as an institution dedicated to the public health, to medical research, and to the understanding of the human condition, the College can offer a virtual and soon, a physical, space to reflect and become a place where healing can begin.