DiscoverThe Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Utibe Essien MD, MPH
#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Utibe Essien MD, MPH

#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Utibe Essien MD, MPH

Update: 2020-06-25


Listen as our esteemed guest Dr. Utibe Essien MD, MPH @UREssien walks us through key terminology and evidence necessary to understand anti-Black racism in medicine. Dr. Essien provides insights into ways that racism impacts our work in the clinical and academic settings and offers approaches for addressing anti-Black racism in these settings. 


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  • Producer and Writer: Joniqua Ceasar MD, Hannah Abrams MD
  • Cover Art: Hannah Abrams MD
  • Infographic: Beth Garbitelli
  • Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Paul Williams MD, FACP; Joniqua Ceasar MD   
  • Editor: Paul Williams MD, Chris Chiu MD (written materials); Clair Morgan of
  • Guest: Utibe Essien MD, MPH



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Time Stamps

  • 00:00 Intro, disclaimer, guest bio

  • 02:40 Guest one-liner, Picks of the Week*: Just Mercy

  • 09:20 Statement from the show; Importance of discussing racism in medicine

  • 14:11 Definitions

  • 18:06 Identifying how racism manifests in the clinical setting

  • 37:46 Ideas for advocacy

  • 49:50 Take points and Outro


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Listeners will understand the way that structural racism pervades medicine and develop approaches for addressing the effects of racism within their clinics and communities.


Learning objectives

After listening to this episode listeners will…  

  1. Define common terms: race, structural racism, white supremacy, health disparities 
  2. Develop an approach to talking to patients about the effects of structural racism on health
  3. Develop an approach for advocating to colleagues and within institutions on the effects of structural racism
  4. Identify situations in which historical myths and structural racism in medicine may alter clinician judgment: race-based formulas, disparities in pain management, and disparities in screening and treatment of common conditions.



Dr. Essien and Dr. Ceasar report no relevant financial disclosures. The Curbsiders report no relevant financial disclosures. 



Essien UR, Ceasar JN, Abrams HR, Williams PN, Watto MF. “#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine”. The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast. June 26, 2020.

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#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Utibe Essien MD, MPH

#222 Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Utibe Essien MD, MPH