Black Voices in Medicine

  • 20 Top Black Physician Social Media Influencers Many physicians have gained renown and followers who respect their opinions, career advice, and personal insights. Check out these top doctors leading the social media sphere.
  • Physicians of the Year 2020: Best and Worst Physicians and other healthcare workers around the world worked tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and hundreds lost their lives as a result. However, with the good comes the bad.
  • Want to Get Away? Take a Mental Holiday With These Recent Books Essential workers need a break, which is just what this collection of memoirs, how-to-guides, humorous essays, diverting fiction, and inspiring histories can provide.
  • The Year in Medicine 2020: News That Made a Difference The coronavirus pandemic dominated the headlines this year. We delve deeply into that and what else affected the practice of medicine in 2020.
  • 'It Was Like Seeing a Disparity Built Right Before My Eyes' "When you're Black and you're a doctor, there is no badge big enough to make people realize you're a doctor."
  • 'These Are Not Things I'm Getting Paid For' We need institutions to hire a range of experts on diversity, says Milton Little, MD, rather than place the burden on their diverse employees.
  • Pushing to Move From Reactionary to Preventive Medicine The system is broken, says first-year resident Isaiah Cochran, MD. "That's why I'm interested in going into policy. I'm not someone that can keep working in a system that's broken."
  • A Black Oncologist's Drive to Be Seen A black oncologist says she is regularly not recognized as a doctor, even after sitting and talking with a patient for an hour and wearing a white coat, with her ID in clear view.
  • 'This Is a Pandemic of Inequality' 'Health care workers, especially physicians, like to think that we give everyone equal treatment,' says emergency physician Uché Blackstock. 'We don't -- and we have the data that shows that.'
  • We Have to Do Something to Level the Playing Field 'It's frustrating when you work so hard for so long,' says cardiologist Eldrin F. Lewis, 'and you get confused for transport.'
  • Medicine Must Dismantle Racism With Academic Rigor Pediatrician Patricia Poitevien says she experienced race and gender discrimination in both her training and later career. Now she is careful to ensure her advisees know that possibilities abound.
  • When a White Coat and Badge Don't Protect You Samuel Kebede is a Black internal medicine resident who is often mistaken for cleaning staff or asked to show his ID. “Racism permeates all institutions,” he says. ”Medicine is not immune.”
  • As a Black Psychiatrist, She Is 'Exhausted' and 'Furious' When Nzinga Harrison talks about her experiences as a Black woman in medicine to White people, they're shocked. Black people, she says, tell her 'that sounds about right.'