Malone Mukwende is a second year medical student from St. George’s, University of London, who has produced a resource which shows how clinical signs appear on darker skin, called Mind the Gap.
This handbook was produced as a result of his personal experience in medical education
We were often being taught to look for symptoms such as red rashes which I was aware would not appear as described in my own skin. When flagging this to tutors it was clear that they didn’t know of any other way to describe these conditions on patients of darker skin tones and I knew that I had to make a change to thatWhen asked what inspired him to produce this resource in an interview, Mukwende
This is a black achievement worthy to be celebrated as it emphasises the importance of medical professionals being aware of variation in presenting symptoms when treating the diverse range of patients that they serve.
We eagerly await the publication of Mind the Gap!