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Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms

The second annual Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship in the Medical Humanities brings Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, who will ​present, “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms,” on Thursday, October 23rd from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion. Dr. Metzl is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. This endowment provides annual support for a visiting professor in the field of medical humanities and arts, bringing new perspectives and voices to our campus.

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Structural Competency: A New Paradigm for Addressing Race and Racism in Medicine

Professor Metzl will explore a new educational paradigm called Structural Competency that aims to teach healthcare leaders of tomorrow ways to identify, study and intervene in these inequities. He will detail ways the “structural competency” model offers a new approach to healthcare. Structural competency is a term and concept coined by Dr. Metzl that has now become a major movement in health education.