Seeing race as a biological construct rather than a sociologic construct has led to different myths about people of color believed by both scientists and laypersons.
A study published in 2016, a demonstrated medical students believed that Black people are less sensitive to pain which correlated with inadequate treatment recommendations.
This study demonstrates the danger of historic racism in medicine and why we must work to deconstruct these myths and correct them.
Part of this mission is to continue to educate others. On this page we have a link provided by Dr. Kristie Hayes from the Dermatology department addressing 3 skin care myths that affect people of color.
In addition, medical textbooks have been found to underrepresent skin of color in their image selections. If doctors aren’t able to recognize certain skin conditions and how they present in people of color, this could lead to lower quality of care of patients with darker skin tones. See the articles below for more information.
The dermatology team at UNMC is helping to lead the way nationally on education of medical students and residents in dermatology with a DEI curriculum and deliberate integration of all skin types into the curriculum.
The Department of Dermatology has also been leaders in publishing on how skin conditions may present differently in patients with different race and ethnicities.
- Hoffman, K.M., Trawalter, S. Axt, J.R., Oliver, N.M., (2016). Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites. Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, 113, 16, 4296-4301. doi: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1516047113