Reporting on Violence as a Public Health Issue: Field Trip
Go behind the scenes at the University of Chicago Medicine — one of Chicago’s busiest level 1 trauma centers — to learn about the experience of patients who’ve been injured through intentional violence and the hundreds of people who care for them.
This rare, deep-background opportunity is designed to educate health journalists about the inner workings of a busy, urban academic medical center and will include a chance to “see” the typical route trauma patients might take through a hospital. Pending availability (due to patient care obligations), this may include trauma bays, emergency departments, a helipad and ICUs, plus conversations with ED doctors, trauma surgeons, violence recovery specialists, critical care nurses, social workers and others who work around the clock with patients and families.
Absolutely no photography, videography or audio recordings will be allowed
No identifiable patient information (PHI) will be shared during this visit.
Prior to arrival, all participants must sign paperwork agreeing not to disclose any incidental PHI they may encounter during their visit.
Masks must also be worn at all times within medical center facilities.
A shuttle bus will leave the AHCJ conference hotel promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. A box lunch will be provided to eat on the bus. Field trip participants should expect to return to the hotel around 5 p.m.
Due to the unique nature of this field trip, a limited number of spaces are available. Journalists who wish to do follow-up, on-the-record discussions about topics they’ve learned about during the visit should contact UChicago Medicine’s media relations team to facilitate those interviews.