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Skin deep: is curriculum reform a responsibility of the student?

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posted on 2023-08-21, 10:23 authored by Kathryn Haley

In the current climate of persisting racial injustice, which extends far beyond the confines of the United States (US), addressing racial inequalities in the field of medicine has re-emerged as a priority. In 2020 alone, the US witnessed multiple homicides of innocent Black individuals, including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In no way exempt from racial injustice, Ireland witnessed the death of George Nkencho in December 2020. The undeniable injustice surrounding each of these events sparked civil unrest and a collective anger with a calibre reminiscent of the peace protests of the 1960s. However, when challenged to reflect on the racial injustice that persists in our modern day society, it became abundantly clear that the deaths of innocent Black men and women should not have been necessary as a catalyst for equality. Indeed, the status quo remains rife with racial injustice, and change is long overdue. Medicine is no exception.



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Haley K. Skin deep: is curriculum reform a responsibility of the student? RCSIsmj. 2021;14(1):96-100

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