Medical College of Wisconsin Joins the War on Microagressions
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s website makes its mission quite clear on its website:
We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.
Perhaps that mission statement needs to be amended to include “dedicated to battling microagressions anywhere and everywhere we find them.” For reasons that are unclear, MCW, in addition to battling diseases is now waging war on microagressions as well. First there was this event last month:
Kaleidoscope: A Research Forum With a Diversity Lens
Things about Microagressions
About the Forum:
What is a microagression and why are they being discussed so much lately? Join us to learn what a microagression is, different types, and the messages they send. Also learn how you might be able to address the situation when you hear a microagression being used.
Apparently, knowing how to intervene when a microagression is launched at somebody is now an element of cutting edge medical research. Then there was this video posted on the MCW’s Twitter feed Tuesday:
Microaggression–a comment or action that subtly & often unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a marginalized group member. pic.twitter.com/MPijwVXuqD
— Medical College WI (@MedicalCollege) April 25, 2017
From the video:
If you choose to assimilate into a more American culture or a mix of both, or you choose to stick with, you know, your country of origin’s culture, that’s fine. But I think people need to be accepting of however people choose to interpret their culture and be okay with that.
The video doesn’t define exactly what “sticking with your country of origin’s culture” or people choosing to interpret their culture however they want means. If a patient complains about a language barrier they have with their doctor, is that a microagression? And why does medical school famous for its research feel any research should be focused “through the lens of diversity?