Med students across the country are teaming up against what they purport to be widespread racism in their field, calling on their institutions to recognize the situation as a ‘public health crisis.’
The national movement, known as “White Coats for Black Lives,” was founded after some members apparently noticed that their “medical school campuses remained silent and detached” while the Black Lives Matter movement became a national phenomenon.
Accordingly, at least 43 chapters have formed since the project’s inception at elite med schools like Harvard and Yale, and places such as the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota, all with a shared mission of safeguarding “the lives and well-being of [their] patients through the elimination of racism.”
On numerous occasions, the White Coats for Black Lives website declares racism to be a “national health crisis” or “issue,” in one instance calling it “one of the major health problems in the United States” and declaring that it must be addressed by promoting med “students’ involvement in local and national movements to end racism and police bru…
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