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Activist Tamika Mallory | Teaching Medical Students Empathy

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Tamika Mallory says if there is one thing she would like people to do, it is to say "I'm not going to do nothing in this moment."

Black activist Tamika Mallory on her blueprint for social justice and how one medical school is getting creative in its curriculum.

Segment 1, beginning at 0:59: Tamika Mallory's new book highlights that while progress has been made in the fight against racial injustice, we still have a long way to go.

On the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Mallory explains what she believes must be done to continue moving that fight in the right direction.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:32: University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is one of multiple medical schools now utilizing virtual reality to help students “walk a mile in their patient’s shoes.”

Through these immersive experiences, students can get a glimpse into what it’s like to have Alzheimer's, dementia or Parkinson's disease. Hear how this process is not only educational, but helps students build empathy with their patients.

9:29: The Minutes That Moved Kansas City, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, through the Kansas City Public Library. This is a virtual only event and will be streamed on kcur.org.

Tamika Mallory virtual book tour stop, 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, through Left Bank Books, St. Louis, Missouri. This is a virtual only event, however, a ticket is required.

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