AHEAD/RISE Virtual Townhall: Dismantling Systemic Racism One Step at a Time through Advocacy

Please join us on Tuesday, 8/31 from 5-6pm as AHEAD and RISE host a DEI virtual event. We will be welcoming Dr. Tracey Henry who will speak on the topic of “Dismantling Systemic Racism One Step at a Time through Advocacy” followed by a Q&A discussion. Dr. Henry will also be this academic year’s first speaker at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on 9/1. We are excited to hear about her experiences and research on these important topics and we hope you will join us for what promises to be an informative and empowering evening. Zoom link will be emailed out to all residents and will also be available on the academic conferences page.

Dr. Tracey Henry is a general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, where she provides primary care to resource poor populations in Atlanta, GA. Her teaching and research interests include: healthcare advocacy and policy; health equity , quality improvement and patient safety; and integrating behavioral mental health care into primary care. Much of Dr. Henry’s clinical, research and academic work surrounds addressing the social determinants of health and achieving health equity for her patients and populations through innovation.

ACP presents- The Black Medical Experience: The Hidden Curriculum from Medical School to Attendinghood”


WHEN: WED., JULY 28, 2021 4:00 PM-5:30 PM PST

The ACP Southern California III, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia and Massachusetts Chapters are hosting a virtual town hall with Dr. Ryan Mire. Ryan Mire MD FACP is board certified in Internal Medicine and has an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Medical Education for University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His professional membership includes the American College of Physicians, National Medical Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has held leadership roles in medicine for the Heritage Medical Society and the Ascension St. Thomas West hospital along with national leadership for the ACP.

UCSD’s very own DJ Gaines will be serving as host for this event and it is open to everyone! A great opportunity to learn and discuss. There will be special guest panelists and a Q&A session following the speakers.

RSVP here by July 27

Grand Rounds 10/28–Dr. Kimberly Manning on Bias

Today were very lucky to have renowned Med-Peds clinician educator, Dr Kimberly Manning, present Grand Rounds entitled “I May Be Biased:What Can I Do About It?” Dr. Manning is a professor of medicine at Emory University. Dr. Manning’s academic achievements include numerous teaching awards in both the School of Medicine and the Internal Medicine residency program, and her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA.) 

Dr. Manning encouraged us to evaluate and acknowledge our explicit and implicit biases. Both can affect our behavior and attitude towards others but explicit biases are thoughts we are aware of verse implicit bias are often not in our conscious thoughts. She encouraged us to reflect on our own environments and the things that we do and don’t strongly consider each day. These are the factors that may be impacting our biases. She introduced us to Project Implicit which a self assessment tool that can help us to identify our biases. (link: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/). Dr. Manning shared the results of her assessment with us and encouraged us all to take this excellent assessment. She also encouraged us to be aware of things that may magnify our biases such as distraction, fatigue, huger, high pressure and to be aware of these factors in our daily lives. Things we can do to help check our biases include checking our emotional state, manage known triggers, slow down, tell a trusted college our biases, adjust our schedule to mitigate biases and call ourselves out.

Dr. Manning’s grand rounds was very informative, inspiring and educational. It encouraged us all to evaluate our biases, identify them and she gave us tools to help work towards actively working to mitigate these biases in our daily lives.

Celebrating the Life of Civil Rights Leader John Lewis: “Stand up, speak up and speak out…”

JOHN LEWIS, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.

Listen to his friend, Morgan Freeman, reading the essay out loud here:

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul Of Our Nation

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity. That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on. Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars. Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain. Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself. Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it. You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others. Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring. When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

(Taken from The New York Times, July 30, 2020)

Impact of COVID on Communities of Color–Webinar 6/20/20

The San Diego National NMA has created a Taskforce addressing the negative impact the COVID19 pandemic has had on communities of color. This Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9 – 10:30 AM, they will be hosting a panel of NMA physicians and supporters discussing what is taking place in their communities, specifically addressing concerns regarding health disparities. Please join with the attached link!https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gCASMHScSbO2dNROdz08eg

Welcome to the RISE Program!

Last night we had our kickoff meeting for our RISE (Residents In Solidarity with Emerging leaders) near-peer mentorship program! This is a 12-month program that aims to connect URiM/allied residents with medical students in order to empower and support them throughout their clerkship years and beyond. We had a great meeting last night, check out our photogenic group below! This program could not have come to fruition without the help of UCSD Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE), PRIME-HEq, and the Department of Medicine. Also big shout out to Cathy Cichon for creating our logo!

#UCSD4antiracism medical student- and resident-led protests across all campuses

Students, residents, faculty and staff staged peaceful demonstrations at all three UCSD campuses. Speakers at the School of Medicine included Med Students Betial Asmerom, Jonathan Cunha, Ian Simpson-Shelton (incoming UCSD IM Intern!), Dr. Sierra Washington (faculty, OB/Gyn), and Dr. Cheryl Anderson (new founding Dean of the UCSD School of Public Health).


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UCSD Celebrates Women’s Herstory Month!

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in UC San
Diego’s Women’s Herstory Month Celebration throughout March.  This
important observance and celebration of diversity will feature a
wide-range of programs focused on women’s contributions to American
society and the world. This year’s theme is “Untold Stories: The 19th
Amendment and Beyond.”
We invite you to join us for programs that explore the 100th anniversary
of the passage of the 19th Amendment, with a specific focus on the
“Untold Stories” of the movement that highlight the voting rights
activism of women of color. In addition, this year’s theme has been
expanded to include Untold Stories of women’s activism and achievements
more broadly.