The development of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome in People of Colour: A Case Study Lecture for SNMA, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

This week I was a Guest Lecturer for the medical students at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico, USA.

In this lecture, I share on the visual presentation of Stevens-Johnson (SJS) in people of colour – using myself as a Case Study. In addition, I share my disheartening experience of systemic racism in health care due to the lack of representation of Black and Ethnic groups in medical education curricular. The session ended with a brilliant question, answer and comment session.

Over 91 students attended the lecture before their lab session along with their Professors and Instructors. Their response was incredibly encouraging and I am incredibly honoured to be part of a movement which champions inclusive medical care.

I am reminded that there is nothing that happens in our life that is ever wasted. Though my season of illness was painful, I continue to see the fruit of my suffering, from my well-received devotional (Beauty in The Beast: How To Suffer Well) to delivering lectures across the globe, as part of culturally competent medical education.

Below is a link to watch a replay of the lecture. If you would like to receive a copy of the presentation – do contact me using the ‘contact’ menu on this site.

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Check out my SJS Awareness Instagram highlight reel for more content and my most recent posts below!

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I have so much to say on this — but for now; swipe right, sign the petition and fight for your health because the system isn’t…YET. (FYI: pictures of our faces may trigger you; take caution as you swipe — the reality is that, this was my face during SJS and I openly share this ghastly photo that others will be spared from similar experiences) • We are hopeful for a sustained change. Let’s keep on pushing and raising awareness. • All medics must learn about the presentation of diseases in black people and it must be a key feature of medical education. • Black skin should not be considered outside the norm. Nor should the study of the presentation of diseases in black people be considered ‘extra curricular’ in medical education. White is not the standard. Black is not the standard. HUMAN is the standard. Treat us as humans. • Black people should not have to beg for their pain to be attended to in a timely manner. Black people should not have to be at deaths door nor should we have our pain dismissed because it doesn’t look white or sound white. Period. • I have the utmost respect for healthcare workers and medical professionals. My consultants, dermatologists, nurses, were a mixture of Asian, white, and Black! I honour them and give them due appreciation in my PowerPoint. This is not a bashing post, it is an enlightening, educating post that the system that is meant to serve us all, is inherently biased even to the point of ill-health and sometimes death. • You can find the petitions on> recent posts> Black Health Matters • #blacklivesmatter #blmuk #blackhealthmatters #systemicracism #systemicoppression #getoffournecks #blackhealth #sjsawareness #sjssurvivor

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