University of Illinois Chicago
Lena Carleton, MD is a third-year resident physician in Emergency Medicine & Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago. Lena was born and raised in Washington, DC, and seeing the inequities in her own city sparked a passion for social justice activism at a young age. It is this passion that ultimately led Lena to pursue a career in medicine. During her residency, Lena became one of the founding members of UIC’s resident physician union and has since been involved in bargaining and contract negotiation. She has spoken locally and nationally about her experiences as a union organizer, and her talk, “Organizing is the Best Medicine: The Past, Present, and Future of Resident Unions” won the “People’s Choice” Award at the EMRA 20 in 6 Resident Lecture Competition.
Resident Labor Rights: Are Residency Unions the Best Way to Advocate?
Monday, April 24, 2023
3:45 PM – 4:35 PM CST