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Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
October 2017

Making All Lives Matter in Medicine From the Inside Out

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco Medical School, San Francisco
  • 2Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1413-1414. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1981

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.

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