A New Hippocratic Oath Asks Doctors To Fight Racial Injustice And Misinformation

November 4, 2020, NPR, Sarah Boden  First-year medical student Sean Sweat “didn’t want to tiptoe around” issues of race when she sat down with 11 of her classmates to write a new version of the medical profession’s venerable Hippocratic oath. “We start our medical journey amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and a national civil rights movement reinvigorated by the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery,” begins the alternate version of the oath, rewritten for the class of 2024 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.It continues: “We honor the 700,000+ lives lost to COVID-19, despite the sacrifices of health care workers.” Sweat and the other incoming first-year medical students recited this newly penned pledge, along with a traditional version of the Hippocratic oath, as part of orientation activities during their first week of medical school this fall. View Story.

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