"Embracing 2020: Overcoming Hegemonies of Place, Race, and Invulnerability"

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Date: October 7, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Conference
Category: Grand Rounds

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

Chairman's Grand Rounds

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: Zoom conference

Elliot Luby, M.D., Endowed Lectureship 


Andres S. Martin, M.D., MPH

Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor

Child Study Center

Tale School of Medicine



"Embracing 2020:

Overcoming Hegemonies of Place, Race

and Invulnerability"



This year has been one of reckoning.  If we ever had, we can no longer claim ignorance: we cannot sit by the sidelines, blissfully unaware.


1.  By embracing virtual possibilities, we are committed to moving away from a hegemony of place.  But by realizing the inherent limitations of our e-reach and the stark reality of a digital divide, we will not capitulate to a hegemony of the virtual.  We will meet patients and families where they are, even it means leaving the comfort of our own spaces.

2.  By embracing anti-racist policies in all that we stand for and do, and by opening our eyes (and those of our colleagues and field more generally) to the toxic effects of racism on health, we will fight the hegemony of race.

3.  By embracing candid sharing of our living experiences with mental health we will fight the hegemony of invulnerability that has had a toxic effect on medical culture.  In so doing, we will enhance our students’ and colleagues’ ability to recognize, address, and seek help for their own mental health needs and to combat a hidden curriculum that can make trainees feel like there is no room for mistakes, nor space for flaws in the personal makeup of physicians.


October 2020