Attention must be brought to the devastating dismissals of Black residents: Black residents make up 5% of the residency workforce but account for 20% of dismissals—for reasons often ignored for their non-Black peers.
Residents are wholly dependent on residency programs, a system that has become a gatekeeper instead of an education for many, thus robbing patients of future physicians and destroying careers after years of hard work and usually with more than $200,000 of debt.
Once residents are targeted or dismissed, there is little recourse. No entity is responsible for protecting individual residents. Legal avenues do not provide timely relief, which makes relocating to a different residency program more difficult.
We cannot achieve health equity for Black patients without expanding the Black physician workforce.
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Have you ever seen a bunch of doctors protesting? Well, on Friday, August, 26, 2022 — the second anniversary weekend of Dr. Khoury’s dismissal from the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine — we did just that. Dozens of colleagues, friends, family, and co-conspirators came together to raise our voices against the unjust punishment and dismissals of Black medical students, trainees, and attending physicians. And this is just the beginning
Press coverage includes this article in the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint by Solomon O. Smith: Black Doctors March Shine Spotlight on Institutionalized Racism
This article in Time by Jamie Ducharme, which also marks the second anniversary of Dr. Khoury’s suspension from the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine: U.S. Medical Schools Are Struggling to Overcome Centuries of Racism in Health Care
And this article just before the event by Kisha Smith, L.A. Focus: New Campaign Calls Attention to Unjust Dismissals of Black Doctors from Hospitals and Med Schools