Academic medical centers

Virtual cohort group


An academic medical center is a tertiary care hospital that is organizationally and administratively integrated with a medical school. The hospital is the principal site for the education of both medical students and postgraduate medical trainees. Often situated on or near a college or university campus, working together with the host institution and campus may be complicated. Now more than ever, medical and nursing students recognize climate change as an urgent threat to health and social justice.

This cohort provides a space for collaboration among hospital sustainability leaders, faculty/staff, students, and institutions of higher education to explore how academic medical centers can lead the way through initiatives and education.

Target audience: sustainability leads at academic medical centers, university health systems, and clinical leads and/or clinical champions at those institutions
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Scott Rich
Scott Rich 


“UW Medicine recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship as part of our mission to improve the health of the public. We will continue to advance our work to provide patients and visitors with a healthy environment as part of our commitment to excellent clinical care and outstanding service.”
– Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine


2022 Schedule

April 14, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Topic: Teaching green: Current calls to action in residency, medical, and nursing 

Guest: Shanda Demorest, DNP, Associate Director, Climate Education and Engagement

Discussion questions:

  1. What are on the minds of students and residents in the academic medical center regarding climate and the environment?
  2. How are professional schools and AMCs producing a more climate-aware nurse and physician?
  3. How has the global pandemic influenced climate or sustainability-related education?
**RESCHEDULED** July 21, 2022 1:00 PM EST  August 4, 2022 1:00 PM EST 

Topic: Aligning initiatives with the AMC and campus

Discussion questions:

  1. How to customize operations that don’t apply (sharps, waste streams, etc.)
  2. What are the challenges with data collection and measurement?
  3. What models exist for AMCs to engage and work with their campus counterparts?
October 13, 2022 1:00 PM EST 

Topic: Addressing equity in AMCs  

Discussion questions:

  1. What forces are driving disparities in health care?
  2. How can academic medical centers lead in this area?
  3. What needs and challenges are we seeing from students?

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Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join this cohort or any of the other cohorts, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator.

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