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Infectious Diseases Section Diversity Equity and Anti-racism Roadmap (ID2EA): First Roadmap Stop

First Roadmap Stop

ID2EA First Stop on the Roadmap-

Stronger Together

Medical Apartheid, Harriet Washington

Participants: Infectious Disease Section faculty and fellows/chief residents

November 16, 2020





Welcome & background

  • Situate retreat in context of antiracism curriculum project
  • Goals of the retreat

Dr. Erol Fikrig

Dr. Gerald Friedland

Dr. Darin Latimore

Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux


Full group

Presentation by Keynote speaker:

Harriet Washington

Medical Apartheid: Historical Racism Goes Viral

Harriet Washington


Full group

Q/A with speaker, comments

Frederick & Radin. Moderators


Full group

Break – 10 minutes


Case study

Each group will focus on 1 question, may have time for others

Dr. Heidi Zapata

Dr. Shana Gleeson Dr. Inginia Genao


Case presentation, discussion in breakout rooms

Discussion of case- insights from small groups

Frederick + Genao, Moderators


Full group

Conclusions and what’s next

  • Antiracism curriculum goals + ideas for upcoming events
  • Reminder: post-retreat survey
  • Curated resource list for continuing study and discussion

Dr. Lydia Barakat


Full group

Wrap up/thank people for coming

Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux



 Moderator: Jenny Frederick

Location: Zoom meeting (Dr. Paul Trubin host and Bob Sideleau)



Medical Apartheid traces the complex history of medical experimentation on Black Americans in the United States since the middle of the eighteenth century. Harriet Washington argues that "diverse forms of racial discrimination have shaped both the relationship between white physicians and black patients and the attitude of the latter towards modern medicine in general".[3]

The book is divided into three parts: the first is about the cultural memory of medical experimentation; the second examines recent cases of medical abuse and research; while the last addresses the complex relationship between racism and medicine. Some topics discussed are well-known, such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment (1932—72), in which African Americans with the disease were intentionally denied treatment (without being told) in order to allow the progression of the disease so it could be observed in all stages, but other episodes are less well known to the general public.[3] The book also mentions cases of medical experimentation in Africa and their links to African-American cases.