My work: changing the nature of professionalism for children's doctors by increasing their civic engagement.
This profile was prepared when George Askew was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
George Askew is taking medical doctors from the sidelines and putting them in front of policy-makers to secure greater social justice for children zero to five years old. His “Docs For Tots” doctors reaffirm their Hippocratic Oaths by giving expert, non-partisan, scientific public testimony on the medical and developmental consequences of pending poverty, hunger, and environmental policies. Many medical doctors, like other professionals who swear an oath, become frustrated when their sworn duty is reduced to a measure of billable hours rather than of lasting change. George gives these caring professionals a way to honor their oaths and to prevent the conditions that they would otherwise just treat in emergency rooms and free clinics. His more than 400 medical doctors are a powerful and previously untapped resource for creating sound social policy and redefining what it means to be a caring physician.