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CFAS Societies Sign onto AAMC Statement on Racism and Police Brutality

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AAMC Statement on Police Brutality and Racism in America and Their Impact on Health

June 1, 2020

David J. Skorton, MD, president and CEO of the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer, released the following statement:

“For too long, racism has been an ugly, destructive mark on America’s soul. Throughout our country’s history, racism has affected every aspect of our collective national life—from education to opportunity, personal safety to community stability, to the health of people in our cities large and small, and in rural America.

Over the past three months, the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the racial health inequities harming our Black communities, exposing the structures, systems, and policies that create social and economic conditions that lead to health disparities, poor health outcomes, and lower life expectancy.

Now, the brutal and shocking deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have shaken our nation to its core and once again tragically demonstrated the everyday danger of being Black in America. Police brutality is a striking demonstration of the legacy racism has had in our society over decades. This violence has eroded trust of the police within Black and other communities of color who are consistently victims of marginalization, focused oppression, racial profiling, and egregious acts of discrimination.

Read the full statement

CFAS Member Society Signatories:

  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT)
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Society of Surgical Chairs (SSC)
  • Society of University Surgeons (SUS)
  • Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
  • Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP)
  • Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD)
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
  • Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SAAAPM)
  • American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM)
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
  • The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
  • Association of Bioethics Programs Directors (ABPD)
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME)
  • Association of Pathology Chairs (APC)
  • Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN)

CFAS Societies with their own Statements:

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