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.”
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.
Yale Black Postdoctoral Association Provides Visibility and ‘Home’ to Black Postdocs
The Yale Black Postdoctoral Association is about community and support, said the founders, but it is also about enhancing the visibility of Black postdocs — to one another, and to the Yale School of Medicine community at large.
Empowering Black Girls May Help to Reduce Drug Use, YSPH Study Finds
Black girls make up a relatively small portion of the overall drug-using population. But their health consequences are more severe than most: Reproductive issues, fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections and trauma exposure are all obstacles they face at statistically higher rates compared to their peers.
Yale Study Finds Black Children Most Likely to be Physically Restrained in Emergency Department Visits
A new paper by Yale researchers finds racial disparities in the use of physical restraints on children who are admitted to the emergency department. Black children are more likely than White children to be subdued with restraints during ED visits, the study finds.
Mentoring key to equity, says Nii Addy, PhD, Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion
To build a medical school environment where underrepresented minorities can thrive, mentoring is key, says Nii Addy, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Yale School of Medicine's inaugural Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion.
New Program Brings Meharry Medical Students into the ‘Yale Family’
Six students were selected from Meharry Medical College, an historically Black medical school in Nashville, in a program designed by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide them with research experience and career advancing networking opportunities. The students will work alongside Yale faculty members and residents, begin building networks, and deepen their understanding of careers paths in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuroscience.
Learning to lead: a new digital resource library for women faculty in medicine at Yale
The Women’s Leadership Resource Library launched online in April. The fully digital lending library, available to anyone with Yale Library access, includes books, podcasts, TED talks, online courses and other resources that address topics like building confidence, embracing vulnerability, knowing your worth, responding in crisis, and the soft skills needed to become an effective leader.
‘We need positive destruction’: Yale doctors discuss gender equity on Clubhouse
Inginia Genao, MD, kicked off a recent Clubhouse discussion on gender equity in medicine with a sobering statistic: research shows that nearly 40% of women become part time or leave medicine within six years of completing their residency. The discussion, held May 13, was hosted by the Yale Department of Internal Medicine.