Case reveals implicit biases and the need to listen


Grace Lee, MD, PGY4, discusses her case submission for the Resident Writers Award program.

This year Contemporary Pediatrics launched its inaugural Resident Writers Award program, where residents and fellows throughout the United States were invited to submit one of their most challenging cases, worked on during their residency or fellowship program.

Contemporary Pediatrics spoke with several of the entrants about why they submitted their particular cases and what best practices and takeaways were the result of treating their patient. In the first interview of the series, Grace Lee, MD, PGY4, who is a resident in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, discusses her case of 5-year-old Spanish-speaking boy who had acute lethargy, hip pain, and refused to walk for several hours. Dr. Lee discusses how the case made her think about implicit bias and how it can affect care for patients who aren’t non-Hispanic White.

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