The country’s largest group of doctors has released a comprehensive anti-racist scheme
The nation’s largest doctors’ group on Tuesday released a comprehensive plan aimed at ending structural racism within its own ranks and within the American medical establishment.
All people deserve equal health care and it has long been known that people of color do better when their health care is delivered by color providers, ” Harmon said.
American physicians are heavily white and reflect AMA membership. Most of the group’s 21 trustees are whites. With approximately 270,000 members, the group represents slightly more than a quarter of American doctors.
The AMA plan is more than diversifying its workforce and adding members from the Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and LGBTQ communities. It aims to embed anti-racist activities and education at every level of the organization.
“We are holding ourselves accountable,” AMA Chief Health Equity Officer Dr. Said Aletha Maybank.
The influential advocacy group uses the scheme to advocate health equity government policies and to provide and distribute anti-racist training for medical students, doctors and health systems.
In recent years, the AMA has publicly acknowledged its racist history, including efforts to engage black physicians and fight against desegregation of American hospitals. Last November, it declared racism a public health threat.
Dr. Rush, Senior Vice President of Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. David Ansell commonly called it “a historical document” for the conservative AMA and created a road map for others to follow.
Ansal said, “It really should be widely taught in the field of medicine because it is a language that is not central to the organization or practice of medicine and is needed.”
Dr. Anti-racism from Chicago. Brittany James called the AMA plan ‘a great first step’ and said its goals are impressive.
A frequent AMA critic from New York, Drs. Raymond Givens said the group’s slow response due to an incorrect response to the February podcast does not give much hope for its broader plans. Flapp began with a tweet from his leading medical journal, questioning whether structural racism or racist doctors existed. A deputy editor in the Journal of the American Medical Association resigned and the editor in chief of the magazine was suspended; An oversight committee review is still ongoing.
“People are dying every day from the same structural racism that they are accepting of,” he said. ” Given this, there is a need to be responsible as early. ”
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