HEALTH NOTES: Black and Hispanic Cancer Patients Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials
A new study has shown that clinical trials for new cancer medications rarely analyze data on safety and effectiveness by race and that black and Hispanic patients are consistently underrepresented among participants.
Yale School of Medicine Joins Health Care Leaders to Advance Equity, Safety
Yale School of Medicine has joined a network of health care leaders organizing across industries to create safe, fair, and dignified workplaces for women. TIME’S UP Healthcare aims to drive new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse, and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe work cultures within all facets of the healthcare industry.
Diversity efforts drive rise in female and minority medical school students
Medical schools in the United States are accepting more women and minority students a decade after diversity standards were introduced by a national accrediting body. According to Yale researchers, the standards are associated with an increase in both the number and proportion of applicants from underrepresented groups, suggesting that the pool of minority talent is sufficient to boost diversity.
Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing of Women With Breast Cancer
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Cary P. Gross, MD Section of General Internal Medicine Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CT MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Prior work has demonstrated racial and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. As the oncology field has progressed over the past decade, the use of genetic testing to guide treatment decisions is one of the most exciting new developments.Source: Medical Research
Yale Study Published in JNCCN Uncovers Racial Disparities in Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer
In a simple definition, cancer is a disease of the cells, which is caused by gene mutations. For a proportion of patients, including women with hormone receptor positive (HR+) breast cancer, gene expression profiling has a substantial impact on treatment decision-making by determining which patients might—or might not—respond to particular treatment options.
Neurology Establishes Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Neurology’s new Committee on Diversity and Inclusion convened for the first time on Friday, June 26, 2020. The committee’s purpose is to promote diversity within the department’s education, career development, and leadership initiatives.
#BlackLivesMatter to Yale Pediatrics
While we certainly don’t have all the answers, we refuse to remain passive. Let’s not continue to be part of the problem. Let us not be afraid to critically appraise ourselves and engage in reflection of our own conscious and unconscious racist beliefs and actions.
Conference for First-Generation and Low-Income Medical Professionals and Students Is First of Its Kind
On June 9, 2020, hundreds of pre-medical students, medical students, faculty, staff, and administrators across the country will unite virtually for the first-ever gathering of its kind: a celebration of individuals in the medical profession who identify as first-generation college graduates and/or low-income.
From Zero to Over a Thousand Molecular Tests a Day
The Weekly Journal Recognizing the scarcity of molecular testing on the Island and with the concern that the number of tests needs to be increased to lessen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust and its Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT) program have joined forces in a collaboration with CienciaPR, Yale, and a group of academic scientists under the COVID-19 Clinical Laboratory Working Group.Source: The Weekly Journal
Daylong Symposium: "Women Advancing Health and Health Care Equity" on May 29
This informative event will feature prominent women clinicians and scientists who will speak about their work in health and health care equity and share their personal journeys. Sessions on the historical, clinical, advocacy/community engagement, education, and research aspects of health and health care disparities will be followed by a reception.
Balancing the curriculum
For most of its history, the School of Medicine was a place where young white men learned from older white men. Those days are gone. Black men and women trickled into the medical school in the middle of the 20th century. By the 1990s, women made up half of each medical school class and the presence of minority students was increasing.