In Field Where Patient Care Comes First, Hospitals Try To Take Steps To Protect Doctors From Racism
Some institutions are adopting language into their guidelines that says patient requests for providers based on gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation won’t be honored.
The Wall Street Journal:
How Doctors Deal With Racist Patients
Darien Sutton-Ramsey walked into a patient’s room at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan a few months ago. The mother of the patient demanded that a physician come in. “Well, you’ve got it, I’m here,” responded Dr. Sutton-Ramsey, a third-year resident in the emergency medicine department at NYU Langone Health. The mother didn’t believe that Dr. Sutton-Ramsey, who is African-American, was a doctor. She asked to talk to the physician-in-charge. His supervisor was also black. The patient ended up refusing medical care and left the emergency room. (Reddy, 1/22)