April 28th, 2022

NYU-Gold Webinar: Abolition Medicine: Re-Imagining the Role of Social Justice in Healthcare

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This webinar aired with a live Q&A  April 28, 2022. If you registered for CME, NYU will be emailing you further instructions. Please note that CME is only available for those who watched the initial live airing.

1 CME credit is just $10; the Gold Foundation is supporting this series and has committed to making CME credit affordable. The webinar is free for non-CME attendees. Donations to support the Gold Foundation’s work are optional and welcome. More accreditation information is below.

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Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, Yoshiko Iwai, MFA, MS, and Zahra Khan, MS


Speakers Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, Yoshiko Iwai, MFA, MS, and Zahra Khan, MS, presented on Abolition Medicine, medical practice that is designed with the express objective of building an anti-racist future. Abolition Medicine moves beyond narratives of heroism which have been shown by several public health crises, including the pandemic and police brutality, to be futile. Instead, it focuses on the truly reparative and palliative responsibilities of medicine. 



Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Narrative Medicine









Sayantani DasGupta is a faculty member in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, all at Columbia University. Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, her work has appeared in journals including The Lancet, JAMA, Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, Literature and Medicine, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and The Journal of Medical Humanities. She is an associate editor of the journal Literature and Medicine, and her current interests are in issues of narrative humility in medical education and practice, racial justice and health, diaspora studies, and science fiction/health futurities. She is also a New York Times bestselling children’s author. Learn more about her work at www.sayantanidasgupta.com.


M.D./M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University

B.A., Brown University

Website Links: https://sps.columbia.edu/faculty/sayantani-dasgupta


Yoshiko Iwai, MFA, MS









Yoshiko is a class of 2024 UNC medical student, originally from Kobe, Japan. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During her time in college, she was an editor and writer for the The Michigan Daily where she began reporting on the arts and sciences, and their interstices. After college, she went on to receive her M.S. in Narrative Medicine and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York. She has written about medical education, health justice, and health humanities for academic journals including The Lancet, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Medical Ethics, and Academic Medicine, as well as media outlets like Scientific American. Yoshiko taught creative writing at a correctional center in New York and has facilitated narrative medicine workshops for undergraduate pre-health students, medical students, and faculty physicians. Her academic and research interests are in carceral health, cancer disparities, and medical education.

Web links: https://www.yoshikoiwai.com/



Zahra Khan, MS









Zahra Hamid Khan teaches in the Graduate Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and serves as co-chair of the University Seminar on Narrative, Health, and Social Justice. Since 2015, Zahra has taught with community-based education programs supporting adult learners and incarcerated youth in the NY/NJ area. Zahra’s writing, research, and community engagement emerges at the intersection of social justice and liberation pedagogy, and is largely informed by grassroots, QTBIPOC organizing work. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Lancet, Journal of Medical Ethics, and AMA Journal of Ethics. She is currently writing about abolition and healthcare.

Web links: https://sps.columbia.edu/faculty/zahra-hamid-khan



The NYU Grossman School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENTThe NYU Grossman School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.       PROVIDED BYNYU Grossman School of Medicine

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