IMSMP Reflections on Current Events

The brutal killing last week of George Floyd has shifted our attention from coronavirus, towards something deeply troubling; the long-standing iniquities suffered by African Americans in our society.  This systemic racism has been going on unabated for centuries and while we hope that racial injustice will come to an end, the recent string of horrific and senseless murders leads us to despair. 

We at IMSMP are a diverse and inclusive community, whose only concern is to provide the best healthcare to all patients irrespective of our or their color.  However, recent events have brought a sense of collective guilt and shame that we belong to a society that allows these transgressions to occur over and over again. As fellow citizens we have failed.  

How can we change?  We can publicize our institutional policy on race relations as many organizations are doing but we know that actions speak louder than words.  

On a deeply personal note, as a man from Kenya coming to this land of opportunity, I was fortunate to be afforded the best antidote for discrimination.  A quality education.  It is my sincere belief that the best education is a crucial building block to overcome poverty and discrimination.  An educated mind brings forth meaningful and success laden opportunities which unlock futures that may not have been possible.  

Therefore, at IMSMP we are setting up the “IMSMP Equality Empowerment Fund”  for deserving and motivated students who, but for financial reasons, do not have access to the right opportunities. It is our hope that this will enable them to develop critical research skills to complement their college or high school education and ultimately enhance their admission to medical school.  If we can help one underprivileged student a year with funding it may be like a drop in the ocean.  However, we hope that others will follow, not just with statements of outrage, but with positive actions.   

Faith, compassion, goodwill and kindness are the keys to IMSMP’s healthcare approach.  The same principles will eventually bring about true justice and equality for African Americans. In setting up this scholarship, we are taking a stand and action for change to honor the memories of those who have lost their lives at the hands of racism.  

Rest in peace George Floyd and all who came before you. 


Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN

News Date : 
Friday, June 5, 2020 (All day)


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