Yale School of Medicine community stand in solidarity with Iranian healthcare workers in poignant demonstration
With the attack on universities and healthcare workers continuing in Iran, and peaceful protests being met with live ammunition and mass arrests, YSM community members, several of who are Iranian-American, felt compelled to speak out once again.
Shattering Glass Ceilings: Three Black Women Surgeons Ascend to Chairs of Departments of Surgery
Diversification at the highest level of academic surgical leadership is critical in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment; an environment more reflective of the population whom we as surgeons serve and care for. Until the year 2021, an African American female surgeon had never ascended to the role of Department of Surgery Chair. However, by 2021, not 1 but 3 African American women became Chairs of Surgery: Karen Gibbs, MD, KMarie King, MD, and Andrea Hayes, MD. To highlight and celebrate these historical appointments, we interviewed these extraordinary women who shared their unique views on ascending to leadership.Source: Annals of Surgery Volume 276, Number 4, October 2022
Office for Women in Medicine and Science is proud to announce the Beatrix A. McCleary Hamburg, MD Lectureship
The Office for Women in Medicine and Science at Yale School of Medicine is proud to announce the Beatrix A. McCleary Hamburg, MD Lectureship. Beatrix A. (Betty) Hamburg, MD '48 (1923 - 2018), was an internationally renowned researcher, advocate, and policy maker in the field of adolescent psychiatry, mental health, and violence prevention. In 1948, Dr. Hamburg was the first Black woman to graduate from Yale School of Medicine.
The More Marginalized Identities Med Students Have, the More Mistreatment and Burnout They Experience
A new study from Yale researchers looks at how intersectionality increases incidents of mistreatment and magnifies the effects of burnout on medical students. Using data from over 30,000 graduating medical students from 140 U.S. medical schools, the study found that students with three marginalized identities (female, non-white, and lesbian, gay or bisexual) experienced the most mistreatment and discrimination and the highest score for exhaustion compared with male, white, and heterosexual students.
OpEd Project Elevates Voices of Women and Underrepresented Faculty at Yale
The goal of the Public Voices Fellowship, an opportunity for 20 faculty at Yale along with those from other universities to participate in the OpEd Project, is for women and underrepresented faculty to write op-eds that appear in leading publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. But the year-long program does much more than simply expand the voices of those engaged in public debate. It has a lasting impact on the fellows and their careers, says Reina Maruyama, PhD, professor of physics and astronomy and Chair of Women Faculty Forum (WFF).
Ariadna Forray, MD and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS Take the Helm at MORE
The new co-directors of Minority Organization for Expansion and Retention (MORE), Ariadna Forray, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology) and assistant professor of computer science, have been active participants in the organization and benefited from its programs and resources. They describe MORE as an essential place at Yale School of Medicine for connecting with other faculty who share their backgrounds and experiences. Now, they say, they hope to expand its reach.
Cofounders of Yale Black Postdoctoral Association Discuss Why Black Women Need More Support
The three Black women cofounders of the Yale Black Postdoctoral Association (YBPA) — Brionna Davis-Reyes, PhD, a postdoc in clinical neuroimaging; Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a postdoc in medical oncology; and Chrystal Starbird, PhD, a postdoc in pharmacology — recently shared their thoughts about the supportive role they and other Black women take on and how it’s beginning to take a toll.
Naomi Rogers to Speak on Women, Feminism, and American Medicine, March 18th at 3:00 PM
Join the Working Women’s Network for a Women’s History Month discussion on women, feminism, and American medicine with guest speaker Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. She will discuss the feminist women’s health movement, and how it empowered women’s knowledge, regarding their health and battle against paternalistic and oppressive practices within healthcare systems.Source: Working Women's Network
Dr. Aileen Fernandez Discusses Diversity Equity, and Inclusion with Shirley Malcolm of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine, speaks with Shirley Malcolm, PhD, Senior Advisor to the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Director of its SEA Change initiative, which aims to advance institutional transformation in support of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities.Source: YouTube
Yale Postdoc Chrystal Starbird Maximizes Her Opportunity with NIH Career Award
Yale Postdoctoral Associate Chrystal Starbird has received a Postdoctoral Career Transition Award under the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, part of the National Institutes of Health effort to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.Source: Yale West Campus
Who’s Missing in Leadership at Elite Colleges? Women of Color, a New Report Finds
The nation’s top research institutions are inching toward progress in their efforts to diversify their leadership, more than doubling the number of Black college presidents over the past 18 months, according to a new report from the Eos Foundation. The problem? Only one of those presidents was a woman.Source: Chronicle of Higher Education
Cindy Crusto, PhD, New Associate Dean for Gender Equity, Brings a Focus on Systems Change and Intersectionality
Psychiatry professor Cindy Crusto, PhD, has accepted the role of Associate Dean for Gender Equity and director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science beginning in January 2022.
YSM's Power Day Highlights Role of "Radical Listening" in Using Power Well
When Nancy Angoff, MD ‘90, MPH ‘81, MEd, professor of medicine and then associate dean for student affairs, and Ann Williams, EdD, RNC, a former Yale School of Nursing (YSN) professor, founded Power Day 20 years ago, some individuals in power in the health care system were opposed to it.
Black eugenics focus of next History of Science and Medicine talk
Ayah Nuriddin, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton, will be the first to admit that the concept of eugenics — manipulating human reproduction to increase certain desired characteristics — is a loaded one, with a history steeped in racism. But early on in her research career, Nuriddin became fascinated with a lesser-known part of racial science history called Black eugenics. She’ll give a talk on the Black eugenics movement on October 14, 3:45pm as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale and STEM and Health Equity Advocates at Yale.
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.”
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.