The Education Committee Presents Decolonizing Dermatology Part 2: Representation in Medical Illustration Matters

On December 27th, the Peer Medical Foundation’s Education Committee hosted “Decolonizing Dermatology Part 2: Representation in Medical Illustration Matters” with Guest Speaker Chidiebere Ibe. A Nigerian Medical Illustrator and a professional among the few in Africa. He is the Creative Director at the Association of Future African Neurosurgeons (AFAN), Young Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies (YCAANS) and Creative Director and Chief Medical Illustrator of the Journal of Global Neurosurgery. He is also a Junior Committee Member-World Federation of Neurosurgeons – Global Neurosurgery. Chidiebere Ibe is passionate about contemporary illustrations of black patients. He hopes to pursue a career in paediatric neurosurgery and establish an association for black illustrators.

This workshop was the second in a series to Decolonize Dermatology designed to educate anybody and everybody, from health-care providers to students to patients, about the racial disparities that exist within the field of dermatology and the skincare industry, as well as how we can address them to strive for a more equitable health-care and education system. Topics covered during this workshop included the following:

  • The prevalence of racism and inadequate racial representation in dermatology
  • The importance of diverse representation in dermatology
  • Debunking common myths about dark skin and skincare
  • Conditions that are most common among people of colour
  • Chidiebere’s Presentation on Representation in Medicine & His Work

This workshop was designed to ensure that everybody, regardless of the extent of their medical knowledge and whether they are health-care providers or patients, can benefit and learn something invaluable.