Yale Study Finds Link Between Medicaid Expansion and Equity in Cancer Care
Racial disparities in timely cancer treatment disappeared in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an analysis of over 30,000 health records led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting.
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.
Minority medical residents face burden of bias during training
Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans constitute one-third of the U.S. population, but only 9% of practicing physicians. To address the lack of diversity and inclusion in medicine, Yale physicians conducted a study exploring the role of race and ethnicity in minority resident training experiences.
Yale physician proposes strategy for getting more minorities in medicine
Minority groups will comprise a majority of the U.S. population by 2044, yet less than 10% of physicians are racial or ethnic minorities. One remaining barrier to boosting minority participation in medicine is the standardized MCAT test, says Inginia Genao, M.D., the author of a recent paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine.Source: YaleNews
Study identifies potential health care ‘double jeopardy’ for minority patients
A new study sheds light on the depth of health care disparities faced by minority populations in the United States. The findings suggest a possible “double jeopardy” for black and Hispanic patients: Not only has it been shown that members of minority groups receive less high-quality, effective care than their peers, they may also be at risk of receiving more low-value, ineffective care.
Clinical trials in need of diversity in Connecticut
African Americans and other minorities are at a higher risk for certain types of cancer, yet they continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials for drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even though a 1993 law requires all medical research funded by the National Institutes of Health to adequately include minorities, a study by the University of California, San Francisco, found that less than 2 percent succeeded in enrolling enough minority participants. Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital, said, “The national average is woefully low,” adding that at Yale, “minorities make up well over 10 percent of the [cancer] clinical trial participants.”Source: New Haven Register
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