Skin colour versus skills
- By: Abhishek Sharma, Taaran Cariappa, Shamsher Singh Mann
We are medical students of Indian origin who study with students from countries such as Turkey, Nigeria, Syria, Greece, Macedonia, and the United States in a small but rapidly growing town in Bulgaria. It never crossed our minds that racism could creep into the heart of a noble profession, where your origin, ethnicity, skin colour, and religion are secondary to your skills.
Finally, in our third year, we have the invigorating taste of being clinical doctors instead of lab rats and the opportunity to learn something new with each class. But in one of these exciting sessions we met a horrible reality of life—racism.
Our teacher told us to take the history of a patient. We were supposed to see this patient a week before, but a group of Bulgarian students were keeping him preoccupied. After initial questions, we tried to extract as many details about his condition as possible