All, it is not common for PedEM Morsel to be written by anyone other than me (for good and bad). Recent events have lead many of us to have emotions, however, that are beyond my vocabulary to express. Previously, Dr. David Callaway’s words help me express the drowning feeling COVID was creating and how calm perseverance would help us prevail. Today, the unacceptable inequities in our society are, once again, brought to the forefront (and hopefully not to be allowed to quietly subside again). A dear friend, amazing colleague, and magnificent human, Dr. Emily MacNeill’s words are below and I hope that they help crystalize some of the emotions of the current time.
As a community of individuals dedicated to the healing of all, we recognize the many ways in which systemic racism and social inequality undermine the health of individuals and of our community. Today we kneel in solidarity, in solemn acknowledgement and with fierce dedication to fight for the elimination of these injustices. Today we kneel to honor those whose lives have been lost and those who continue to suffer from inequities. Today we kneel to demonstrate that we will work to change the system from within to ensure that every member of our community receives the care we all deserve.Emily C MacNeill, MD
Associate Professor/Associate Residency Director Emergency Medicine
Director of Inclusion and Health Equity for Medical Education