The University of Bristol Medical School has announced it is pioneering "antiracist" methods of teaching ( PA )
A leading medical school has said the way doctors are trained in Britain is inherently racist and it plans to make alterations to a curriculum that it says “needs decolonising”.
Dr Joseph Hartland, part of the team heading up the University of Bristol Medical School, has said long-established parts of the UK medical curriculum, such as teaching life-or-death clinical signs, are racist as they focus on teaching students how the signs present in white people.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Hartland put forward the example of patients turning blue if short of breath, a sign which does not apply for people with dark skin.
"Historically, medical education was written by white middle-class men, so there is an inherent racism in medicine that means it exists to serve white patients above all others,” he said.
"Essentially we are teaching students how to recognise a life-or-death clinical sign largely in white people.”
Now I accept that the colour of skin will denote the need for varying diagnosis but surely the answer should be simply to ensure any evidence of the variences are included in the training NOT to call it racism that needs decolonising. If that is not how our doctors are taught then why the hell not.
Would the same doctors think it is racist to train doctors stating the obvious Vitiligo causes white patches and is not so easy to detect in white skin as opposed to those of darker skin?
Can we train our doctors to say Jaundice gives a yellow tinge to skin and eyes ? Well the answer is no it is racist according to a doctor interviewed with LBC host Nick Ferrari. I couldn't believe what I was hearing coming from an intelligent women.
Note to the medical profession do your job and train future doctors what they need to know and that includes how to assess illness in All skin groups and races which by their very nature may well vary accordingly and leave politics out of it. If you have not been advising future doctors accordingly that is not racism that is ineptitude on your part, in my opinion.
Sometimes in life common sense is all that is required for understanding how, why things evolve. When it comes to " Historically, medical education was written by white middle-class men, so there is an inherent racism in medicine that means it exists to serve white patients above all others,” that is a fact of how, who and when medical studies took place, medical knowledge was formed and who they were able to experiment on for the most part.
If our multi cultural society has indeed meant the medical profession does not train doctors to understand the obvious effects of skin colour then I am shocked but I do not believe that for one minute.
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