As a medical student nearing the end of my studies, I have come to understand many of the challenges and rewards inherent to caring for people at every stage, and every walk of life. I can understand the pain and joy that define the experience of being a physician because I am a member of this group.
“Race is a social construct.” This is a statement that we hear frequently but don’t fully believe or understand. In the United States, we may superficially state that race is a social construct, but in reality, we understand it as genetic underpinnings. In medicine especially, race and genetics are often understood as interchangeable.