Fall Conversation Dinner Explores "When a Family Requests a White Doctor"
What should an African-American pediatrics resident do when the parents of a patient ask for a white doctor? The fall Conversation Dinner, hosted October 30 by Dean’s Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (DACDI) members Soraiya Thura '18 and Lindsay Howe '19, explored the topic of identity in medicine using an Ethics Rounds case published in Pediatrics. Following dinner, six small groups comprised of five to six medical students, faculty, staff and graduate students each reviewed the perspective shared by one of four different pediatricians, listing pros and cons, and then shared their points with the full group. Issues such as hospital policy, autonomy, hierarchy, patient comfort and professionalism were discussed. According to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Conversation Dinners have been used throughout the world, from China to Rwanda, to bring communities together. This is the third year the student-initiated dinners have been held at the College. Read the journal article >>.