YNHH and YSM’s Graduate Medical Education More Than Doubles Number of Students Underrepresented in Medicine
This year, 24% of new residents in Yale New Haven Hospital (YNNH) and Yale School of Medicine (YSM)’s Graduate Medical Education programs are from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (URiM), more than double last year’s figures.
AACR Disparities Meeting: Finding Solutions to Diversify Clinical Trials
The lack of minority representation in clinical trials has adverse consequences for the health of minority patients with cancer, including limiting their access to cutting-edge therapies and preventing clinicians from understanding how generalizable a treatment’s safety and efficacy may be to non-white patients.Source: AACR Cancer Research Catalyst
Redesigned Wellness Room Is a Sanctuary for Prayer, Meditation, and Decompressing at YSM
Thanks to a redesign led by the Yale School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Wellness Room in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s Morse Reading Room is now a true sanctuary for medical students, faculty, and staff. The room features smart phone-adjustable lights and ambient sounds, a soft reclining chair and foot rest, a rock garden, books on positive thinking and emotional intelligence, adult coloring books, and yoga and prayer mats.
Yale SACNAS chapter wins 2nd award for supporting students underrepresented in STEM
The Yale chapter of Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), just entering its fourth year, received its second chapter award at the SACNAS Award Ceremony on October 13. The organization is tasked with supporting underrepresented students in STEM through professional development, student mentorship, and an outreach program to the New Haven community.
Gender Bias in Academic Medicine
The ongoing pandemic is driving the demand for online negotiation courses designed for female physicians. Data shows that the wage gap between male and female physicians was 28%, with male doctors earning over $116,000 more annually than their female counterparts. The 2020 Physician Compensation Report from Doximity shows that female physicians in Hartford earned among the least nationally at $239,897 per year, compared to $299,036 earned by female physicians across the U.S.Source: CT Public
Ask tough questions: PhD student Sebastian Diaz
Sebastian Diaz, a PhD student in immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine (YSM), said it’s hard to be among the pioneers, but because medical students from underrepresented backgrounds have pushed for greater emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) supported by resources “We have a very robust system that is now becoming bigger and bigger every year.”
Gender advocacy leads to major recognition for Yale oncologist Pamela Kunz, MD
Pamela Kunz, MD, was recently recognized as the 2021 Woman Oncologist of the Year by Women Leaders in Oncology for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through her research, committee leadership, and talks. “My advocacy is what is being recognized,” Kunz said, “To have the award acknowledge my DEI efforts is really meaningful.”
In New Role, Oncologist Aims to Build ‘Foundations of a Culture’ that Ensures Equality
Barbara Burtness, MD, understands that — in the medical profession — a culture of inclusion and diversity doesn’t just happen. It must be learned. In her new role as interim associate director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Yale Cancer Center, she wants to help teach it.Source: Healio
Learning what’s possible: Daniel Colón-Ríos
Second year MD/PhD student Daniel Colón-Ríos first came to Yale the summer after his sophomore year, when he was a student at the University of Puerto Rico — Mayaguez Campus studying chemistry. During a summer research program run by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, now known as the Yale Biomed Amgen Scholars Program, he worked in the lab of Faye Rogers, PhD, associate professor of therapeutic radiology and associate director of the MD/PhD program. “I got a concrete perspective on what the MD/PhD program is, and I came back the next summer and decided to apply to programs in the U.S.,” Colón-Ríos said.
A Path Marked by “Firsts”: Marietta Vazquez, MD
Marietta Vazquez, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical student diversity, carved her own path. Her last 27 years have been marked by hard work, personal and professional growth, and a return to her roots. Along her path, she earned a lot of “firsts,” becoming the first Latina to be named by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to be a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, responsible for developing vaccine policy; the first Latina Vice Chair in the department of Pediatrics; and now the first Latina to be named Associate Dean at Yale School of Medicine.
Toxicity Calculators Prove Valuable Tool in Geriatric Oncology
The Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG) calculator is a quick and helpful tool to help assess chemotherapy toxicity in geriatric patients, according to research highlighted in a press release by the Yale School of Medicine.Source: Targeted Oncology
Tackling Disparities in Oncology Requires Action as Well as Research
In this interview, Dr. Andrea Silber discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities that already existed within oncology care, and she said the effects of these disparities on patients are very real and direct.Source: Pharmacy Times