The Planetary Health Report Card (PHRC) is a student-driven, metric-based initiative to inspire planetary health and sustainable healthcare education engagement in medical schools. It offers a standardized tool for medical schools to complete a needs assessment for their medical school, and to track improvement longitudinally over time. The goal is to drive change: by incorporating planetary health into the medical school curriculum, expanding research opportunities, engaging meaningfully with community environmental justice efforts, supporting medical students who seek to organize around planetary health at the institutional level, and implementing sustainable practices.
The PHRC initiative was founded in 2019 by medical students at University of California, San Francisco. The first PHRC report was published in 2020 and included data from thirteen medical schools in the US. See our inaugural report here:
The 2021 PHRC, published on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021 included 62 schools from the US, England, Canada and Ireland. Check out the 2020-2021 Report!
Planetary Health Report Card Chair
Megan Duckworth, MS3
Megan Duckworth is an MD candidate in the class of 2023 at Brown University. She was thrilled to get involved in planetary health work when starting medical school and was inspired to lead the first Planetary Health Report Card (PHRC) at AMS in 2019. She is in her second year as PHRC Communications Lead, and helped launch the AMS Planetary Health Task Force. She is interested in the synergistic human health benefits inherent to doing the right thing for the planet and in the impacts of climate change on reproductive health. Find her propagating her plants, doing tarot, outside in the sun, or cooking a big meal for friends and family.