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Blake Elizabeth Murphy

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Blake Elizabeth Murphy was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in November 2019. She is a medical student at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill., who plans to enter the field of vascular surgery following the 2020–2021 residency application cycle.

Ms. Murphy entered medical school with a strong interest in health system reform, health disparities and medical education, and became an active member of the AMA in 2016. Her passion for advocacy was solidified after she attended the 2017 AMA Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference in Washington, D.C. During medical school, she has served as the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Region 2 advocacy chair, as a member of the AMA-MSS House of Delegates Coordinating Committee, and as a member of the Illinois State Medical Society Committee on Membership and Advocacy.

In June of 2018, Ms. Murphy began a one-year fellowship as the AMA’s Government Relations Advocacy Fellow, working with the AMA’s federal advocacy team in Washington on policy implementation related to graduate medical education, health care consolidation, data privacy and security, and the opioid epidemic. During her fellowship year, she visited over 30 medical schools across the country while focusing her efforts on student education, involvement and grassroots advocacy. In 2019 she organized the AMA Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference, a three-day national meeting attended by more than 350 medical students from across the country who participated in a range of activities, including lobbying their elected U.S. senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Murphy has also dedicated her medical school years to issues surrounding health equity and justice. At the local, state, and federal levels she has advocated for colleagues and friends who attend medical school through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program and, in the summer of 2019, she interned for the AMA’s Chief Health Equity Officer Aletha Maybank, MD, at the Center for Health Equity in Chicago. In her year on the Board of Trustees, Ms. Murphy is committed to supporting the AMA’s continued efforts to address the disproportionate impact of chronic disease on minoritized communities, discriminatory policy in medical education and structural racism across health care.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Murphy graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In the three years prior to starting medical school she traveled through South America and volunteered at various clinics across Chicagoland, including working as a primary care scribe and medical economic analyst at Oak Street Health. Ms. Murphy lives in Chicago with her fiancé.


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