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Nikhita Jagathesan

Class of 2026San Jose, California

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  • "Racial Bias within Medical Education is Poisoning the Future of American Healthcare" with mentor Rody (Working project)

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Racial Bias within Medical Education is Poisoning the Future of American Healthcare

Started Sept. 2, 2023

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People of color consistently receive a lower quality of healthcare than their white counterparts. They are more likely to be subjected to painful medical procedures without the appropriate epidurals, be denied critical transplants, and be misdiagnosed. It’s easy to say that the totality of these issues stems from the abundance of evidently bigoted medical practices present in early American history. However, racial disparities have remained so prevalent in the US because we are keeping them in circulation through our medical schools. Achieved through racial misrepresentations in curriculum, a large number of medical students carry instilled implicit bias with them into their careers. “Racial Bias within Medical Education is Poisoning the Future of American Healthcare” is my exploration of this process. My research delves into the specific manner in which medical school curriculum instills harmful practices in students. I looked into different measures that have been put in place to curb this issue and examined the factors that impacted their effectiveness. Additionally, this paper places a heavy emphasis on field research. I made it a point to speak to a vast array of professionals within the field of medicine, including but not limited to medical staff, medical students, and college faculty. Each of these individuals holds a unique position in relation to the transition from medical student to medical professional. Their insight has allowed me to develop an immensely comprehensive understanding of the ways in which curriculum has perpetuated racial disparities in medicine. An understanding that allowed me to formulate my recommendations to halt backward progress and implement changes that will allow for more equitable healthcare environments across the nation.