UCL Medical School named #2 in the UK for sustainability in medical education
22 April 2022
Announced today on Earth Day, UCL Medical School has been ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2022 Planetary Health Report Card - a medical-student driven initiative designed to inspire medical schools globally to introduce climate change and planetary health into the medical curriculum.
Over 450 medicine students globally from 74 medical schools have taken part in the initiative this year, which aims to compare medical schools based on discrete metrics in five main category areas: Curriculum; Research in health and environment; university support for student planetary health initiatives; community outreach and advocacy centered on environmental health impacts; and Campus sustainability.
UCL’s report card was coordinated by med students Trizzha Feliciano, Catherine Napper, Luisa Alamo-Gomez, Selina Aziz and Isis Calado.
Speaking of the results, Trizzha Feliciano, who led the initiative with Catherine Napper and Luisa Álamo-Gómez said: “We’re really happy to have done so well, especially as we’ve beaten our own score from last year, and have identified more areas we can work on for the future."
"From projects addressing UCL travel policy, sustainable catering, and working with UCL’s associated hospitals, we’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve done, and extremely grateful to everyone involved."
"We want to thank the Medical Sciences Faculty and Sustainable UCL for their continued support, and especially the whole PHRC board, for going above and beyond, with really prioritising the improvement of UCL’s sustainability, not just our score on the report card."
The Planetary Health Report Card (PHRC) was founded by medical students at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine with the faculty mentors. The intention for this report card is to track institutional change over time and inspire medical schools to focus on the importance of climate change and sustainability in healthcare education.
Full results of the Planetary Heath Report Card are available online.