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.
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.
Kudos to Praneet Mylavarapu! His first author article entitled: “Diversity Within the Most Competitive Internal Medicine Fellowships: Examining Trends from 2008 to 2018” was published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine! Read the full text of the article here:
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
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!
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).
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.
February is Black History Month, a time to honor leaders and remember events in the history of the African diaspora! In medicine, we have had countless black pioneers advance clinical practice and promote equality through their many achievements. Here are two to keep in our thoughts as we go through the month:
James McCune Smith, MD – the first African-American to receive a medical degree (in 1837), and the first African-American physician to be published in U.S. medical journals
Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD – the first African-American woman to receive a medical degree (in 1864). She also wrote A Book of Medical Discourses: In Two Parts (1883), shedding light on and advocating for children’s and women’s health.
San Diego also has a number of cultural sites to visit if you are interested in learning more about black history! Here are five:
Breaking of the Chains Monument (Marina District): a large, tall, polished metal sculpture created in 1995 as a monument dedicated to the fight for civil rights
San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts (Valencia Park): a museum that collects and preserves fine art by African Americans and offers educational programs
African Museum Casa del Rey Moro (Old Town): a museum with a focus on African American, African Spanish, and African Mexican heritage
Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center (Lincoln Park): a library full of books, newspapers, and magazines that pertain to the African Diaspora experience
World Beat Center (Balboa Park): A non-profit multicultural arts organization “dedicated to promoting, presenting and preserving the African Diaspora and indigenous cultures of the world through music, art, dance, education, sustainability, and technology.”
UCSD medical students and Med/Peds resident Dr. Maggie Kozman attended the 2019 Student National Medical Association’s Regional Medical Education Conference (RMEC) in Tucson, Arizona today! RMEC is a region’s annual, student-led conference initiative that seeks to equip SNMA members, community members and pre-health students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and thrive in their academic and professional pursuits. Themed “#WhatADoctorLooksLike,” the Region 1 RMEC sought to examine how the societal mold of what doctors are ‘supposed’ to look like was created and explore ways in which underrepresented minority students can break this mold.