Fall 2017 JSNMA Issue: Addressing Racial Bias in Medicine Highlights

On behalf of the SNMA Publications Committee, it is my upmost pleasure to present to you the Fall 2017 JSNMA Issue: Addressing Racial Bias in Medicine. This is the first of our quarterly publications since my appointment as Editor-in-Chief, and I am truly humbled by this opportunity to feature the courageous voices of our SNMA members who undertook this controversial yet delicate topic. Their diligence and creativity, combined with that of my team, have taken my vision for this issue to unexpected heights. From opinion pieces to research articles, it provides powerful insights regarding the influence of racism throughout the many dimensions of medicine.
Racial discrimination has been plaguing the experimental, educational,  political, and health care aspects of medicine for centuries. Despite the field’s revolutionary strides in these areas, racism is still deeply rooted across its spectrum from pre-health advising to clinical encounters. Although a degree of progress has been achieved, as with the national push for enhancing cultural competence amongst physicians, such resolutions are often unsustainable or simply not enforced. I must agree with one of the contributing authors, Misha Armstrong, that it seems as if cultural competence has become more of a trend than a reality.


Another important point I would like to emphasize was stated by contributing author Boya Abudu: “The impact of racial bias undermines patient care while broadening existing health disparities.” Given the diversity of the patient population in the United States and the statistics for minority health disparities, there is a dire need to alleviate the racial biases encroaching upon health care in terms of how it is provided, taught, and a less feasible career opportunity for underrepresented minorities.
Health disparities and cultural  competence are just a few of the many issues highlighted throughout Addressing Racial Bias in Medicine. As you continue on through this unique collection, you will discover 14 individual voices exploring this spectrum-wide phenomenon from different angles, all while complementing the concerns of the fellow contributing authors in solidarity. It is an excellent example of how there can be unity in spite of diversity.

When asked, “How does the JSNMA differ from other journals?“, I proudly comment on the diversity of our writers, the variety of works accepted from poetry to research articles, the relevance of our themes to current events, and the opportunity to unreservedly express oneself at the scholarly level.
Whether an author is sharing a personal experience or presenting research findings, it is my hope that you will read this collection with an open mind and feel inspired to:  speak up respectfully if you witness racial bias, learn to address your own implicit biases, and always persevere if faced with this injustice.
We are all in this fight together to reduce the racial bias that too commonly impedes the health outcomes of minority patients and the success of aspiring minority physicians. In support of this effort, the JSNMA will continue serving as a platform for our members’ voices to be heard.
The voice of the SNMA is a powerful one, and I encourage YOU to become a part of its voice by submitting to the JSNMA or joining the National Publications Committee!

Sincerely,

Sergeine Lezeau, OMS II
Editor-in-Chief

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