Inaugural DEI Book Club Event

Posted by DEI Committee 08/28/2023

Join ASHT's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for our inaugural society-at-large book club event!

"Black Man in a White Coat” by Damon Tweedy, MD
September 14, 2023
8 p.m. ET

"Black Man in a White Coat" examines the complex ways in which black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Dr. Tweedy transforms from a student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his own thinking and encounters with patients and other healthcare professionals. Through insightful stories, he illustrates the complex, social, cultural and economic factors at the root of many health problems in the black community. Dr. Tweedy also explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment, collegial interactions and more compassionate care.

The book offers a unique way to walk in the shoes of Dr. Tweedy as he grows as a person and healthcare professional.

The discussion will be guided by moderators from the ASHT DEI Committee. Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  1. Describe the complex perspectives relating to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and life experiences that shape the clinical learning environment, influence clinical decision making and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care.
  2. Examine the role of discrimination, bias, microaggressions and racism in the ability to deliver equitable care and use increased competency in anti-racism, cultural humility, social justice, racial equity, allyship, disabusing disability, gender/sexuality issues and LGBTQ+ promotion and acceptance to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity.
  3. Examine organizational climates and attitudes that impose barriers to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive environments.
  4. Discuss scholarly work with organizational audiences that improves patient education, expands the framework of clinical decision making and contributes to the body of work in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The event is free to members and nonmembers. Participants may earn one continuing education hour.

Suggested resources to acquire the book:

• Public Libraries
• Alibris Books
• Amazon
• Audible
• Thriftbooks