Podcast: Beyond the White Coat Series
Season 2: Racism and Public Health
Academic medicine is being confronted with the problem of institutional and systemic racism that has impacted Black Americans for more than a century. The conversation around bias and discrimination in health care has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also has drawn into sharp focus the role and responsibility health providers have in driving change. This season, we delve into critical conversations on how the health care community landed in this place and what is being done to improve relationships with the Black community. Access current episodes below and stay tuned for updates to this page as we add episodes throughout the season.
David J. Skorton, MD, talks with Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, about how the history of racism in medical schools, clinical care, and research has impacted academic medicine’s relationship with the Black community.
David J. Skorton, MD, speaks with AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, about the history of structural racism in U.S. medical education and how that history informs today’s learning environment.
In this episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” Geoffrey Young, PhD, AAMC senior director of student affairs and programs, speaks with Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, a fourth-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine, on his experience as a learner and as an advocate for racial equity and equality in medical education and health care. Nguemeni Tiako gives his perspective on racism in medical education and his work writing the “White Coat and a Hoodie” column and producing the “Flip the Script” podcast on health disparities.
Examples of bias in the delivery of health care are rampant. In this episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” AAMC Senior Director of Health Equity Partnerships and Programs Malika Fair, MD, MPH, speaks with Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD; Brian Gittens, EdD; Carol Major, MD; and Charles Vega, MD, to explore how academic medicine can move toward more equitable care for all and to dive deeper into how we prepare and train the physicians of tomorrow to be allies for everyone.
We’ve known for a long time that systemic racism influences the social determinants of health — affecting, quite literally, who in this country survives and who suffers. People who live in poorer neighborhoods often receive lower quality and less care from health care providers. And long-standing discrimination against all marginalized communities has created dramatic health inequities. David J. Skorton, MD, looks back at some of the conversations we had about these very difficult and persistent issues this past season on “Beyond the White Coat.”
Season 1: Academic Medicine on the Front-lines of COVID-19
Health care professionals in academic medicine are on the front lines of the coronavirus, besieged with an influx of patients, personal protective equipment shortages, and shifting care guidance. In this inaugural season, listeners will hear from providers, researchers, and industry experts about how they are responding to the crisis while examining the ongoing, difficult conversations around clinical care, education, policy, and research. Access all episodes below.
Guests Arthur Derse, MD, JD, and Ross McKinney Jr., MD, join David Skorton, MD, to explore the emerging clinical guidelines that inform the rationing of care and equipment and the inherent challenges of balancing bioethics with health equity.
David Skorton, MD, talks with Mark Laret, president and CEO of UCSF Health, about how we can take advantage of the disruption the pandemic has caused, not only to dispose of old thinking but also to accelerate this innovation and create lasting change.
David Skorton, MD, talks with Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health, to discuss how the nation can push ahead with the most critical research projects in a time when so much is constrained by unusual circumstances.
What’s being done to ensure well-being for those serving on the front-lines of this pandemic? David Skorton, MD, talks with Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, about how we can care for ourselves, and others, in the era of COVID-19.
In this two-part episode, David Skorton, MD, talks with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) about how health care policy will change for patients, the research community, and the workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In the season finale, David Skorton, MD, and Malika Fair, MD, MPH, discuss the forces driving disparities in health care access, and what the academic medicine community can do to address institutional and systemic racism.