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Published in This Week on May 05, 2014

Marston symposium to explore race relations

DittmerThe renowned historian who documented the struggle of black physicians for social justice in health care will be the keynote speaker at a daylong symposium on race relations within the medical community at UMMC on Friday, June 20.

John Dittmer, author of "The Good Doctors" and "Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi," will be the luncheon speaker at the first Robert Q. Marston Symposium on Race and Medicine.  Marston was the UMMC vice chancellor during Freedom Summer and led the integration of the Medical Center the following year.

The title of the event asks the question, "Fifty Years After Freedom Summer, Have Physicians Healed Themselves?"  A number of invited speakers will revisit those difficult days when black physicians held second-class status and assess the extent to which the divisions of that period have been resolved.

The afternoon session will involve facilitated discussions led by the staff of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. Gov. Winter will be present for the event, which will be in the Student Union conference area.

The registration fee is waived for UMMC faculty, residents and students, but attendees are asked to register for planning purposes. Continuing education credits are available.

To register, visit and click on CME Events.  Then click on Live Events and search for the event by date.

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