I was in medical school when I learned that I did not matter in medicine.
One particular day on service started uneventfully. However, after the team’s discussion of a patient, all attention turned toward me when a senior physician asked me a question about the rap music that had been playing in the background.
“Help me understand something:” I recall the physician saying. The physician asked about word choice in rap lyrics, and then, pretending to quote a rap song, repeated the word “nigger” several times in rapid-fire succession.
Mensah MO. Making All Lives Matter in Medicine From the Inside Out. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1413–1414. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1981
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