Physicians at Brigham and Women's, Boston Medical Center participate in national walkout for gun control

Physicians and medical students from Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Medical Center reportedly joined hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in a nationwide walkout March 14 to protest gun violence, the Boston Herald reports.

Brigham and Women's was scheduled to hold an event on its campus, which will include two speakers and a moment of silence to remember the 17 individuals who died during the mass shooting at Parkland, Fla.-based Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14.

At least 300 members of the Boston University Medical Campus, including students and faculty in the medical school, dental school and public health school, as well as medical residents from Boston Medical Center, were scheduled to gather in front of the school in protest, according to the report.

"Physicians have a really strong voice here," Lachelle Weeks, MD, a senior resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's, told the Boston Herald. "We're at the front lines when patients are injured by a gun, we take care of loved ones and usher them through the stages of grieving. ... So our voice is really strong in echoing that this is a public health crisis and something needs to be done about it."

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