July 29, 2021 | Medicine’s Institutionalized Racism: What’s a Doctor to Do?

On most measures of medical outcomes, American patients do better if they’re white. Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals work in an environment which, despite their good intentions, produces racial disparities in outcomes. Both the Oregon Medical Association and American Medical Association recently released statements advocating physician leadership in achieving change to our health care system. This is the first time a state or national physician organization specifically identified institutionalized racism and called on physicians to act. How can health care professionals reduce racial disparities in outcomes for all patients, not just their own? The authors of the OMA statement on racism and the president of the AMA will discuss this challenge for physicians.


Derick R. Du Vivier, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, OHSU
Co-Chair, Oregon Health Equity Committee
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine


Jenny R. Silberger, MD, FACP
Governor, Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians
Co-Chair, Equity Task Force, Oregon Medical Association
Internal Medicine Physician

Fred C. Williams, MD
Co-Chair, Equity Task Force, Oregon Medical Association
Past President, Oregon Medical Association
Retired Neurosurgeon

Gerald E. Harmon, MD
President, American Medical Association
Family Medicine Physician

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