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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2014, Volume 16, Number 6: 417-519.

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June 2014 Contents

Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Medicine

Ethics Poll

Do you prefer to have a physician of your same sex and self-identified racial or ethnic background?
Yes. Both matter to me.
I prefer to have a doctor of the same sex, but race/ethnicity does not matter to me.
I prefer to have a doctor of the same race/ethnicity, but the doctor’s sex does not matter to me.
Neither race/ethnicity nor sex enters into my choice of physicians.

Do you believe that race-based affirmative action in US higher education, that is, giving applicants from underrepresented minority groups special consideration in the admissions process, is the best way to make higher education available to more members of underrepresented minority groups?
Yes.
It is the only feasible and achievable approach. Creating educational parity in primary and secondary education is too difficult.
No. Race-based affirmative action in higher education doesn’t address the underlying causes of underrepresentation in higher education.
No. I don’t think the problem should be addressed at all.

Have you purchased (or would you) a direct-to-consumer genetic test that offered information about your ancestry?
Yes.
No.
Don’t know.

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From the Editor

Hazardous Intersections: Race, Ethnicity, and Medicine
Mariam O. Fofana
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:419-422.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Mention of a Patient’s “Race” in Clinical Presentations
Commentary by Thomas E. Finucane
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:423-427.

Incorporating Genetic Testing Ancestry Results into Medical Decisions
Commentary by Ruth M. Farrell, Holly Pederson, and Shilpa Padia
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:428-433.

The Prejudiced Patient
Commentary by Brian W. Powers and Sachin H. Jain
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:434-439.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics' Opinion on Disparities in Health Care
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:440-441.

Medical Education

Exploring Matters of Race through Dialogue in the University of Michigan Medical School's Longitudinal Case Studies Program
Katherine Bakke, Kartik Sidhar, and Arno K. Kumagai
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:442-449.

State of the Art and Science

Complex Systems for a Complex Issue: Race in Health Research
Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:450-454.

Race, Discrimination, and Cardiovascular Disease
LaPrincess C. Brewer and Lisa A. Cooper
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:455-460.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

The Racially Unequal Impact of the US Organ Procurement System
Richard Weinmeyer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:461-466.

Policy Forum

Minority-Group Recruitment Goals in Federally Funded Clinical Research: What's in a Number?
Raegan W. Durant
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:467-471.

Medicine and Society

Race: A Starting Place
Brooke A. Cunningham
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:472-478.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The American Medical Association and Race
Robert B. Baker
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:479-488.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

In Defense of Affirmative Action—By Any Means Necessary
Shanta Driver
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:489-494.

Questioning the Rationale for Affirmative Action
Abigail Thernstrom
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:495-497.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:498-516.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:517-519.