Issues of implicit biases in many areas of society have come under scrutiny as of late. Rachana Raghupathy, a third-year College of Medicine student, co-authored “Addressing Implicit Bias Within the Medical Curricula” with student Emily Lee of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine – an article that is published in the September 2020 issue of the American College of Physicians’ ACP IMpact journal.
Raghupathy serves (along with Lee) on the American College of Physicians (ACP) Council of Student Members and is the student representative to the Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment Committee. Aside from her involvement with the ACP, she serves as a communications and marketing manager and assistant clinic chief at NEOMED’s Student-Run Free Clinic.
Here’s how the article begins:
Studies have shown that a majority of medical students have a more negative perception of lesbian and gay people than they do heterosexual people (1, 2). Perceived discrimination from health care providers and denial of health care altogether are common experiences among LGBTQ+ patients, which contributes to health disparities. As our social landscape changes, many medical institutions are evaluating how they can address this issue. For example, Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio, invited members of the local LGBTQ+ community to speak on their own experiences with health care professionals—the good, the bad, and the ugly.