Privilege, Racism, and Allies


The U.S. has recently (and not-so-recently) been rocked by the killings of black men by police; these events have spawned protests, among them the die-ins at medical schools around the country.  Students Ben Quarshie, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Aline Sandouk discuss these events, how non-minorities can take part in the conversation without screwing it up, and why these events are important to medical students. We also examine the more subtle aspects of racism and healthcare, including delays in care, healthcare and economic policies, why acting locally may be the best way to affect change, and what allies should (and should not) do when they want to help.

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2 thoughts on “Privilege, Racism, and Allies”

  1. Thanks for a great episode! It’s important to engage in these discussions, so that we can learn about others’ experiences, find ways to change our own behavior, and influence our society for the better.

    As current medical school applicant, I am also glad that you brought up the exorbitant expense of applying to medical school. The hundreds, often thousands, of dollars that primary and secondary applications, a suit, plane tickets, hotels, and seat deposits cost present a HUGE economic barrier to financially disadvantaged students. By passively preventing a subset of the population becoming doctors, the medical field is missing out on talented minds and unique points of view. Hopefully we can change that in the future!

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