Health professional schools increasingly emphasize the role of racial and structural inequities in shaping health outcomes.   But does a factual understanding of the social determinants of health lead practitioners to question unjust social structures?   How do we design curricula that teach students to recognize and challenge racial inequities?  What can history and the humanities add to this conversation?

This symposium will bring together a variety of practitioners and educators who have begun to address these questions at Duke and beyond.   It is open to all who care about finding better strategies to offer meaningful racial equity education for health professionals.  Time will be provided for panels highlighting recent innovations, as well as roundtables to identify existing opportunities and barriers.  This will be an opportunity to share ideas and develop networks.

Hosted by Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
at the Duke University School of Medicine

We dedicate this symposium to the memory of Brenda Armstrong, MD. Her unwavering commitment to medical students and their education, and to equity in patient care continues to inspire us.  She brought her characteristic energy and wisdom to the early planning phase of this symposium
and for that we are especially grateful.