On Friday, August, 26, 2022, we are calling on all colleagues, family, friends, and co-conspirators to raise our voices to bring equity to health care and to take a stand for workforce equity in training programs and beyond. Can we count on you to be there?
168 South Robles Avenue
Doors open at 8:30AM for breakfast and pre-event rally
10AM Press Event
11:00AM March to Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (approx 3 min walk) and demonstration
11:30AM Back to the Hilton for lunch and post-rally
End at 1pm
A limited number of rooms are available for $169 + tax, so if you plan to stay at the Hilton, book early if you can and simply ask for our event.
@BlackDocVillage can pay for med students and residents/fellows to stay at the Hilton the night before the event. We can also reimburse coach flights for med students and residents/fellows. Ask for more information when you register below.
Register here if you plan to join us, and then non-students/trainees should make hotel reservations directly with Hilton Pasadena, as desired. Medical students, Residents, Fellows, Attendings: please bring your white coat to wear for the demonstration.
About the Campaign
On August 28, 2020—the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and the 65th anniversary of the brutal lynching and mutilation of 14-year-old Emmett Till for the crime of possibly whistling at a White woman—and within hours of completing an assigned discussion on race and gender bias in medicine, Dr. Aysha Khoury was summarily suspended from Kaiser Permanente Bernard J Tyson School of Medicine without transparency of due process. Not wanting to be complicit in her own trauma, she shared her story in a Twitter thread that ultimately went viral.
Since sharing her experience publicly, she has become a repository of stories of discrimination in medicine from Black physicians and other physicians of color. These stories are heartbreaking. The worst stories come from residents. Black residents are disproportionately targeted.
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. While Black residents make up 5% of the residency workforce, they account for 20% of dismissals.
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 and can make relocating to a different residency program, an already arduous task, more difficult.
We cannot achieve health equity for Black patients without expanding the Black physician workforce. Attention needs to be brought to the devastating dismissals of Black residents.
On Friday, August, 26, 2022—the second anniversary weekend of Dr. Khoury’s dismissal—we are calling on all colleagues, family, friends, and co-conspirators to raise our voices to bring equity to health care and to take a stand for workforce equity in training programs and beyond. Can we count on you to be there?