Karly Hampshire is a fourth year medical student at the University of California San Francisco where she is pursuing her interests at the intersection of medical education, climate change, and health. In 2019, Karly founded the Planetary Health Report Card (phreportcard.org), a metric-based, student-led initiative to evaluate and inspire planetary health in medical schools. As Co-Director, she grew the initiative from a pilot at 2 medical schools to a global community of student-led teams driving reform at over 80 medical schools in 7 countries, with the recent launch of arms for pharmacy and nursing training programs. Karly’s passion for climate advocacy was seeded by undergraduate work with refugee and immigrant populations and her growing recognition of climate change as a powerful force driving conflict and displacement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University.
In 2021, Karly elected to pursue a gap year focused on climate change and health. During that time, she advanced research at the intersection of climate change and health, became the Curriculum Co-Chair of Medical Students for a Sustainable Future, and served as a fellow and core founding team member at the newly-established University of California Center for Climate, Health and Equity. Karly is also a lead of the Climate Resources for Health Education initiative, a collaborative effort led by the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education to create a crowdsourced, open-access repository of climate health course materials for health professional students. Karly’s work has been highlighted in academic journals including The Lancet Planetary Health, the BMJ, and The Journal of Climate Change and Health, and news outlets including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera. She was recently awarded the Emerging Physician Leader Award from Health Care without Harm for her Interview without Harm Initiative (interviewwithoutharm.com), an advocacy, research, and educational campaign urging decisionmakers to prioritize sustainability and equity in evolving decisions about the future of medical training interviews.
Fellow at a Glance
University of California San Francisco
Environmental & Public Health