Faculty and Resident Anti-Racist Bookclub
Dermatology faculty and residents meet on a quarterly basis to discuss books, documentaries, journal articles, and other materials on racism, medicine, and dermatology.
Recent works discussed:
- Chan et al, "Assessing the role of race in quantitative measures of skin pigmentation and clinical assessments of photosensitivity", JAAD 2005
- Ware et al, "Racial Limitations of Fitzpatrick Skin Type", Cutis 2020
- The following selected sections from Taylor, "Skin of color: Biology, structure, function, and implications for dermatologic disease", JAAD 2002
- Chapter 17 from the book "The Making Asian America" by Erika Lee
- Still Processing Podcast: "Asian Americans Talk about Racism, and We Listen - Part 1"
- "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson
- “Acres of Skin: Medical Abuse Behind Bars" by Allen Hornblum
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “Am I a Racist?” by David N. Korones, MD, NEJM 2020
- "How to be An Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi
DEI Residency Curriculum
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven throughout the resident didactic curriculum. Each year, our faculty give lectures on the state of diversity in dermatology, and the importance of diversity in dermatology paired with implicit bias testing. While we have specialized lectures on various aspects of DEI, frequent content review for opportunities to be more inclusive, regardless of lecture topic, is prioritized. In addition to the talks given by our faculty, we also regularly invite experts from other departments within Michigan Medicine to speak on subjects such as transgender patient care, and skin findings in child abuse. Furthermore, multiple visiting professors are invited each year to speak on their areas of expertise in DEI and dermatology. Talks have ranged from disparities outcomes in dermatologic surgery, to innovative treatment of hair disorders, to dermatologic treatment of patients with disabilities.
Annual MLK Visiting Professor
Annually, the department invites a leading dermatologist to provide the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture to clinical faculty, house officers and medical students addressing topics of health equity in dermatology, skin of color, and/or additional DEI work in honor of the life and work of Dr. King.
Recent MLK Visiting Professors:
- 2022 - Jenna C. Lester, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine: "Beyond the Diagnosis"
- 2021 - Susan C. Taylor, MD, Sandra J. Lazarus Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine: “How to Approach Hair and Scalp Disorders in Skin of Color Patients” & “Research: A Tool for Mentorship and Sponsorship of UIM Medical Students”
- 2020 - Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California: “Diversity in Dermatology: Our Past, Present, and Future”
- 2019 - Sandy, Tsao, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School: “Fifty Shades of Brown – Science, Symptoms and Strategies for Acquired Pigmented Disorders”
- 2018 - Amy McMichael, MD, Professor and Chair of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine: “Updates in Hair Loss”
- 2017 - Luis Diaz, MD, C.E. Wheeler Jr. Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine: “Milestones in Bullous Pemphigoid”