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Ryan Smith, MD

DEI Research Associate; HIV Track Resident

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Ryan Smith, MD

Research Summary

HIV Prevention; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health; Health Disparities; Medical Education with focus on communication skills

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Smith's research focuses on the doctor-patient relationship, specifically on patients from marginalized and stigmatized communities. He has a particular interest in social determinant of health, physician bias, the development of empathy, resident resilience and burnout, and medical trainees attitudes, perceptions and emotions. He hopes his research will help give future doctors and patients a better groundwork for developing therapeutic relationships, stronger professional bonds with colleagues, and a more humanistic approach to medicine and medical education.

Research Interests

Communication; Education; Empathy; HIV; Internship and Residency; Physician-Patient Relations; HIV Infections; Bias; Minority Health; Resilience, Psychological; Health Services for Transgender Persons; Social Discrimination; Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Public Health Interests

Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice