On Feb. 25, UT Southwestern held its annual Black History Month Celebration as a virtual event. Dr. Quinn Capers IV, Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity, Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Internal Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, and holder of the Rody P. Cox, M.D., Professorship in Internal Medicine, delivered the keynote address.
Dr. Capers, a nationally recognized leader on diversity and inclusion in academic medicine, focused his address on persistence and resilience in the African American community. He shared his personal story about overcoming racial barriers to become an interventional cardiologist and addressed the historic mistreatment of African Americans within medicine, such as unethical experimentation on Black patients and how Black students, patients, and doctors were once excluded from medical schools and hospitals for training and treatment. Dr. Capers discussed the present-day impact of these discriminatory practices and called out the need for more Black doctors and researchers to alleviate implicit bias in medicine.
Program highlights include:
- President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky's remarks about UT Southwestern’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at 1:04
- Black faculty members at UT Southwestern who made history at the institution share their journeys at 13:50
- Dr. Capers delivers his keynote address at 27:30