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#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: Health Care Workers Stage Nationwide Protests Against Police Brutality

Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

Hundreds of medical students wore white coats at “die-ins” and other protests on campuses to spotlight racial bias as a public health issue.

The medical students joined others who have demonstrated since grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City declined to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men. Some of the protests have involved students, including those in high schools, colleges and Ivy league schools.

Pictures that circulated Wednesday showed medical students holding signs that read, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “We Can’t Breathe” -- rallying cries for those protesting the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

The effort was endorsed by Students for a National Health Program, an affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of more than 19,000 medical students and professionals that advocates for improved universal Medicare.

“We as medical students feel that this is an important time for medical institutions to respond to violence and race-related trauma that affect our communities and the patients we serve,” says a statement on the organization’s website.

“We feel it is essential to begin a conversation about our role in addressing the explicit and implicit discrimination and racism in our communities and reflect on the systemic biases embedded in our medical education curricula, clinical learning environments, and administrative decision-making.”

Here are photos from medical students in the #WhiteCoats4BlackLives protests Wednesday:

This article has been updated with additional protests not included in the original article. The headline has also been updated to reflect that the protests were not attended exclusively by medical students.

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100 medical students at the USC Keck School of Medicine participated in a protest.
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University students
University of Illinois College of Medicine students
USC students
Howard University students
University of California, Irvine students
Virginia Commonwealth University students
Christopher Villongco
Morehouse School of Medicine students
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Boston University medical students
Mount Sinai Hospital hospital staff and students
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students
SUNY Downstate Medical Center students
SUNY Downstate Medical Center students
Medical College of Wisconsin students
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University students
Temple University students
University of California, San Francisco students
University of California, San Francisco students
University of California, San Francisco students
Georgetown University School of Medicine students
UC Davis School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis students
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100 medical students at the USC Keck School of Medicine participated in a protest.
University of California, San Diego students
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons students
Columbia University Medical Center students
New York Medical College students
University of Minnesota medical students
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine students
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine students
Albert Einstein College of Medicine students
Brown University Alpert Medical School students


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