Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Update (August 2023)
I have much to update you on since I wrote last month. I have been meeting people with Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Hospital graduate medical education office. I have also been working with many groups across the institution on recruitment events, working group and diversity work participation, and mentorship and retention.
YouTube says it's now removing videos promoting cancer misinformation. A Yale oncologist weighs in
Starting today, YouTube will remove medical misinformation surrounding cancer treatment, Dr. Garth Graham, head of YouTube Health, said in a blog post. Graham said “content that promotes unproven treatments in place of approved care or as a guaranteed cure, and treatments that have been specifically deemed harmful by health authorities,” would be removed. For example, videos claiming “garlic cures cancer,” or “take vitamin C instead of radiation therapy.” Misinformation can deeply prey "on the hope of our patients who have cancer," said Dr. Pamela Kunz, a professor and oncologist at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. The move is welcome, Kunz said, but it’s a challenging one. “I think that it may be tricky to figure out how to implement that,” Kunz said. “To have that be a stated goal is really important.”Source: WNPR
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Update (July 2023)
First of all, I am very excited to be here at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and the Department of Internal Medicine. I officially started a little over a week ago and have been getting settled. I have lived in the Chicago area for a long time, and this is my first time living in the Northeast. I was born in Nigeria, where I attended medical school. I completed an internal medicine residency program in the UK and relocated to Chicago, where I completed a second internal medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital. I worked for Cook County Health for 24 years in various roles and was a professor of medicine at Rush Medical College. I joined the Yale team to be part of the robust structure fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I applaud Yale’s leadership commitment to DEI.
Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Factors Are Higher in Underrepresented Groups
The risk is increased because health variables and socioeconomic differences make receiving medical attention or even preventive care harder for these communities. Such situations as a lack of health insurance and delays in seeking primary care can contribute to the development of the disease and its serious complications.
Death Rates among Black People in the U.S. Are Rising after Falling
Eighty-two million years—that’s how much lifetime the U.S.’s Black population lost because of premature deaths between 1999 and 2020, a new study shows. The numbers are an alarming reminder of concerning gaps in health care—and they are not entirely surprising, according to experts on racial health disparity. The study’s authors say their findings should be a “call to action” for policymakers.Source: Scientific American
Undocumented immigrants boost our economy and help society. My story is proof
"Because I was given a path and opportunities, I have spent my career helping others in this country. Immigrants can make a difference and meaningfully contribute to our society if only given a chance — a pathway forward."Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Update (May 2023)
On April 24, Department Chair Gary Désir, MD, sat down with Doug McKinley, PsyD, MCC, to discuss healthcare inequities for the Leadership Currency podcast. Gary shared his personal experiences as an undergraduate at NYU, his time at Yale School of Medicine in medical school and residency, his career in medicine, and eventual evolution into leadership at Yale University. He discusses how he recruits leaders, the qualities that he looks for in leadership.