The Education Committee Presents Its Workshop on Decolonizing Dermatology

On August 29th, the Peer Med Foundation’s Education Committee hosted its third workshop, “Decolonizing Dermatology: Dermatology for Dark Skin and Why It’s Important.” This workshop was 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 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
  • DIfferences in how common skin conditions appear on light vs dark skin
  • Conditions that are most common among people of colour

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. For those who were unable to attend, we are happy to provide the recording below: