Systemic Disease is an online platform seeking to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of bias in medicine and facilitate student advocacy efforts. As healthcare providers-in-training, we recognize that openly discussing bias is a crucial first step to counter it. Everyone holds implicit biases that can cause us to make automatic judgments without the intention to harm. Since such bias has been shown to adversely impact the patients we seek to serve, it is vital to begin identifying these biases within ourselves and others. Only then can we prevent such biases from interfering with our clinical decisions and behaviors with colleagues, students, and others.
As part of our mission to eradicate the systemic disease of bias and injustice in medicine, we have the following goals:
Next week, we are excited to conduct our first storytelling as advocacy event in NYC. We will be collaborating with the Muslim Writers Collective and other experienced storytellers in thinking deeply about effective storytelling as a means for a call to action in heath justice. You can find more information here and below.
Reflections on Identity and Healthcare
Friday, April 15
In the meantime, please continue to share your stories and encourage your peers and colleagues to do so as well. Together, we can bring a much-needed conversation on bias in medicine beyond closed doors.
Want to learn more? Contact Systemic Disease at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @SystemicDisease.