Meet Chidiebere Ibe, a Nigerian medical illustrator and a first year medical student who is disrupting the status quo by “portraying anatomy, physiology and pathology on Black skin.
”Ibe’s recent illustration of a pregnant Black woman with a baby in utero has taken the internet by storm as many recognize it as the first time seeing a photo of Black women depicted in this form.
In a statement on Ibe’s GoFundMe page, where he is raising funds for medical school, he cites that “recent research on health inequities has found that Black students are more engaged with illustrations that portray their skin color.” And although there is a shortage of adequate representation in this field, Ibe is here to change this.
“I started medical illustrations to promote the use of Black skin illustrations in our medical textbooks to depict a typical African person. Textbooks are essentially invincible to medical training. They walk medical trainees through conditions they will encounter during their practice. Yet, most medical illustrations are on the Caucasian skin. This lack of diversity has important implications for medical trainees and their future patients because many conditions and signs look different based on the patient’s skin colour and therefore the Black skin should be equally represented,” Ibe said on his GoFundMe page. Love to see it!