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Community Discussions in Social Justice 2016: Black Man in a White Coat

“On one level the book is a straightforward memoir; on another it’s a thoughtful, painfully honest, multi-angled, constant self-interrogation about himself and about the health implications of being black…”                                                                                                                                         A Doctor Navigates Bruising Terrain

Cover of Book: Black Man in a White Coat

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have chosen Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, JD as the basis for a Community Discussions in Social Justice program.

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Damon Tweedy, MD, JD serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and as a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. Following his completion of a medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, as well as an internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital, Dr. Tweedy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He has published articles about the relationship between medicine and race in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-ed writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Raleigh News & Observer.

In Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, Dr. Tweedy examines the intersection of race and medicine. First, this memoir details his personal experiences as an African American male from a working-class family while attending Duke University Medical School. Second, he explores the cultural and socioeconomic causes of health disparities, especially in diseases that disproportionately affect African American patients. He also examines the three layers that contribute to these health challenges, namely, institutional systems, physician-patient relationships, and individual choices. Through it all, the author hopes to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe that they can likewise achieve their goals.

Dr. Damon Tweedy will deliver the Frank Bryant Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics on April 19, 2016 at 12 noon in the Holly Auditorium, followed by a reception and book-signing. To register for this free event, visit http://www.texashumanities.org/.

For more information on Community Discussions in Social Justice, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Community Discussions in Social Justice 2016: Black Man in a White Coat: Hear the Author

About the Author

Photograph of Damon Tweedy, MD, JD

Damon Tweedy, MD, JD serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and as a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. Following his completion of a medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, as well as an internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital, Dr. Tweedy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He has published articles about the relationship between medicine and race in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His columns and op-ed writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Raleigh News & Observer.

In Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, Dr. Tweedy examines the intersection of race and medicine. First, this memoir details his personal experiences as an African American male from a working-class family while attending Duke University Medical School. Second, he explores the cultural and socioeconomic causes of health disparities, especially in diseases that disproportionately affect African American patients. He also examines the three layers that contribute to these health challenges, namely, institutional systems, physician-patient relationships, and individual choices. Through it all, the author hopes to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe that they can likewise achieve their goals.

Hear the Author

Dr. Damon Tweedy will present the Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio at 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. A reception and book signing will follow at 1:00 pm. Copies of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine will be available for purchase at the event through the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Bookstore.

View the NOWCast SA Recording of Dr. Damon Tweedy’s presentation at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio on April 19, 2016.

For more information on Community Discussions in Social Justice, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Community Discussions in Social Justice 2016: Black Man in a White Coat: Join the Conversation

Conversation is the heart of Community Discussions in Social Justice. The Briscoe Library will offer two workshops on March 29, 2016 in the Howe Conference Room to support discussion group leaders and to encourage dialogue about the book. To facilitate attendance, these events will be held at both 12 Noon and at 5:30 PM. They are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity.

Book discussions will be held throughout April, leading up to Dr. Damon Tweedy’s visit to campus on April 19, 2016. Details about book discussion groups can be posted to this page by submitting the Discussion Group Registration form. Please be sure to print out a Discussion Group Sign-In Sheet and e-mail the completed form to Lisa Matye Finnie. These sign-in sheets are an important part of the evaluation and reporting process for Community Discussions in Social Justice. In addition, A Reader’s Guide with suggested questions for discussion is available to help get the conversation going!

Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Facilitator and Host Training Workshop

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
Register Online

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
Register Online

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Howe Conference Room (5th Floor)
Register Online or RSVP to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
Briscoe Library – UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Collaboratory LIB 4.074 (4th Floor)
Register Online or RSVP to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian

For more information on Community Discussions in Social Justice, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Community Discussions in Social Justice 2016: Black Man in a White Coat: The Book

To Read the Community Discussions in Social Justice Book Selection Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, JD:

For more information on Community Discussions in Social Justice, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Hear Dr. Louise Aronson speak about the One Community One Book selection for Fall 2013

A History of the Present Illness

A History of the Present Illness is the One Community One Book selection for 2013.

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Libraries are pleased to announce that Louise Aronson, physician-writer, geriatrician and author of A History of the Present Illness, a collection of stories, has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on Thursday, November 14, 2013, as part of a One Community/One Book project.

Dr. Aronson will be in town to give the keynote presentation and lead a workshop at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

You can hear Dr. Aronson speak about her book here.

From Kirkus Review:

“This collection of short stories… take place in and around a San Francisco hospital. But the stories are less concerned with medical details than with the inner lives of the characters and the psychological toll that health issues take on caregivers, patients and their families.”

Copies of A History of the Present Illness are available in the Briscoe Library, at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, and in the Laredo Regional Campus Library.  Click here to link to the full catalog record.

Copies will also be available in San Antonio at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $18, 25% off the retail price.

We are excited about this One Community One Book selection and hope you will consider adding A History of the Present Illness to your summer reading list.

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.