UMN Student Group Enters Fight to Combat Racism in Medicine

A group of second-year medical students is trying to improve treatment of patients of color in a historically white healthcare system. 

The University of Minnesota’s chapter of White Coats for Black Lives was established in 2014 and works to increase diversity and awareness of racism in the medical field. WCBL is especially focused on curriculum, which members said is not representative of the diversity of patients they might see in the field. 

The group recently held its second annual Health Equity Week, consisting of lunch lectures and evening workshops to address a disconnect between race-related issues and health education. The group also took on a lack of diversity practitioners within the field. 

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