Our Response to the Events of 8/11 and 8/12/17

What does the “Unite the Right” rally that happened in 2017 say about Charlottesville?

While it’s true that Charlottesville shares a history of racism with many cities in the US, the “Unite the Right” rally was organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in response to a decision by the Charlottesville City Council to move away from this legacy of racism by removing two statues of Confederate generals.

We in the UVA Department of Family Medicine embrace diversity – we know that this makes us stronger and better. We have long cared for vulnerable populations within our community, including the elderly, refugees and immigrants, transgender patients, and our homeless population. Our health equity curriculum examines issues of systemic racism within society and medicine that result in health disparities and how to better advocate for our patients and communities. We also embrace diversity in our resident and faculty recruitment processes and continue to strive towards diminishing implicit bias in all that we do.

Sincerely,

John Gazewood, MD, MSPH

Residency Program Director, Department of Family Medicine

Li Li, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine