Opinion: Doctors should talk about race and racism with their patients. Here’s how

“Why do Black lives matter?” a patient asked me. “Why can’t all lives matter?”

It was just a few weeks into my residency, and I hadn’t been expecting a patient to ask me that question. I certainly wasn’t trained to respond to it even though I, along with many of my colleagues, wore Black Lives Matter pins. The patient, who identified as white, looked at me, an Asian American physician, with curiosity.

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Opinion: Doctors should talk about race and racism with their patients. Here’s how

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