Avoiding Racial Essentialism in Medical Science Curricula

Please read the article by Lundy Braun and Barry Saunders on the dangers of essentializing race in medicine. This article raises important questions and cautions about the ways we use race (or any other group-level characteristic) to speak about health risks. As you read, think about ways that we might use race/ethnicity in health and medicine that support efforts to attend to and reduce disparities. Alternatively, think about ways that race/ethnicity might be invoked such that, even unintentionally, the concepts are employed in ways that exacerbate disparity and/or stigma.