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Med students commit to ‘uprooting the structural violence within healthcare’

Also pledge to recognize inequalities ‘rooted in … the gender binary’

Students enrolled at the University of Minnesota Medical School recently recited an anti-racism oath as part of their continuing education, Alpha News reports.

The oath was recited Aug. 19 during what’s called a White Coat Ceremony, which the University of Minnesota defines as a “rite of passage that serves to welcome new medical students to the profession and reinforce the value of humanism as foundational to medicine.”

“… This sacred pledge dates back hundreds of years and affirms each student to abide by a strong set of ethical standards, commitment to their patients and the utmost quality of care.”

The statement recited by the students as they received their white coat for the first time as part of their medical school training was obtained by Alpha News, and included a land acknowledgment and a pledge to “honor all Indigenous ways of healing” while focusing on “healing our planet.”

The medical students also said as part of the oath that they “commit to uprooting the legacy and perpetuation of structural violence deeply embedded within the healthcare system.”

“We recognize inequalities built by past and present traumas rooted in white supremacy, colonialism, the gender binary, ableism, and all forms of oppression.”

As part of the oath the med school students also committed to promoting a culture of anti-racism, listening, amplifying voices for positive change, and advancing health equity.

Alpha News reports that, last year, University of Minnesota Medical School students also recited a white coat anti-racism pledge and, what’s more, the top-ranked medical school is now participating in an “Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education” program.

A video of the students taking the oath this year is posted on the university’s website. The oath begins at 142:07.

At the end of the oath, the students state their white coats are “a symbol of power, prestige and dominance.”

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