When we discuss protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we understand them to be standing against systemic racism and police brutality.
And while those concepts go hand-in-hand, it doesn't fully capture what systemic racism is to boil down its consequences to fatal encounters Black citizens face at the hands of police officers. As has been a mounting concern for years, even the health care systems in which we're all supposed to find help for medical issues can bring about different experiences for patients depending on the color of their skin.
This isn't specifically a reference to how Black patients are treated by medical staff, though there are widespread issues in this area of care as well.
As one medical student has identified and now works to address, this reality can manifest even before the health care providers of tomorrow graduate from medical school.