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A Black medical student is bringing diverse illustrations to the healthcare field.

Dec 21 2021

A Black medical student is bringing diverse illustrations to the healthcare field. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, only 4.5% of images in general medicine textbooks show dark skin, while another study found that the lack of these types of images can often lead to medical misdiagnosis in diverse patients. Earlier this month, an image of a Black fetus in a Black woman’s womb went viral when users on social media admitted they hadn’t seen many Black bodies featured in medical illustrations. The drawings were created by 25-year-old Nigerian medical student Chidiebere Ibe who is attending Kyiv Medical University in the Ukraine next year. He said that he spent a year learning to draw anatomy that represented Black skin and began publishing the images on his social channels, which showed conditions like empyema thoracis and seborrheic eczema. The Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) says the lack of Black skin in medical journals and textbooks is an extension of “medical racism,” and have began launching campaigns like #AMIDiversity to urge medical illustrators to post drawings of non-White bodies. According to the chair of AMI’s diversity committee, Ni-ka Ford: “In the U.S. there are a lot of health care disparities. So this is a call to everybody that everyone should matter, and there should be health equality for everybody.” (NBC NewsCNN)