On May 29th, 2020, four days after the killing of George Floyd, we received a message from a Black medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine on the Hershey campus. She said she was scared. The administration, she told us, hadn’t offered her any support. She was finding it hard to focus.
Her message prompted a long overdue conversation. After years of practicing medicine at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, we were embarrassed to discover how little we knew about just how different the experience of medical school was for Black students.