“Doctors undergo mandatory training sessions in medical school to prepare for unexpected medical emergencies. Health care workers are mandated reporters who have to undergo specific training for the purpose of identifying child and elder abuse or neglect. Bystander intervention should also be on that continuum of responsibility and training.
I urge bystander intervention training to be widely adopted by health care workers, professional workplaces, and the broader community to end everyday harassment and racism, for microaggressions and violence, alike. In medical simulations, health care professionals are always taught to ask two questions first that can be useful to keep in mind in any situation: 1) Is the scene safe, and 2) Should I call for help?”
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Bystander intervention training can save a life.”
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