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Medical Schools Have Historically Been Wrong on Race

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
By Damon Tweedy, MD
Damon Tweedy, associate professor

In this New York Times op-ed, Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, shares some of his experiences as a Black medical student and doctor at Duke, provides insights about harmful and persistent racism and related myths, and argues that addressing racial health disparities starts by changing how medical students are taught the interplay between race and health.

"For far too long, medical schools have neglected to tackle the full complexity of race in their curriculums. And two problematic, longstanding prejudices have filled that vacuum and impeded progress."

Read the full op-ed.