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Core Principles

November 05, 2023
by Mark David Siegel

Hello everyone,

We can’t escape the suffering in the Middle East. I’ll leave it to others to assign blame. Instead, my hope today is to assert our residency’s principles.

First, as physicians, we are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all people, regardless of ethnicity or religion. We must advocate for civilians trapped by violence. We believe all humans have the right to food, shelter, medicine, dignity, and safety.

Second, as members of a university community, we uphold free speech. We are discerning humans, able to distinguish hate speech from sincere expressions of concern, including expressions that make us uncomfortable. Senior faculty must nurture a safe learning climate, prioritizing open dialog and listening.

Third, as lifelong students, we must study the causes of conflict and sort through competing narratives and disputed facts. We must call out malign actors who distort reality for their own gain. We must bravely question our assumptions. A commitment to learning will bring us to a more peaceful future, however distant that future may seem today.

Fourth, we must support one another. Many members of our community are personally affected by the violence in the Middle East and worried about the security of friends and family. We are a diverse community. We care about everyone.

As a residency, we believe in honest inquiry, rigorous education, and universal compassion in the service of health, peace, and safety- here and everywhere.

With great pride and confidence in our community,


P.S. In the spirit of learning, I’d like to share a partial list of messages, podcasts, articles, videos, photos and books, which I’ve absorbed since October 7. The opinions expressed cover a range of viewpoints, all valuable.

A message from Dean Brown: -Our Humanity



Videos and Photographs:


Submitted by Mark David Siegel on November 05, 2023