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)

Happy Juneteenth!

This day is traditionally celebrated as the day slaves where emancipated in the United States. As Barack Obama said, this day does not signal victory, but rather progress for those whose basic human rights had been squandered since birth. As we reflect on recent events, we can see that there is still a lot of progress that must be made. In addition to active reflection, we encourage you to look at the resources available at the Justice in June Campaign google doc. There are plenty of short articles and resources to further your understanding and expand your knowledge on the deep seated biases and systemic barriers that affect our marginalized communities! 

#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).

#WC4BL #BLM

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NEW Communication Tool to the VA (VIQ/QIPS)

Kudos to our residents Sophie Cannon, Ibrahim Selevany and Diego Vargas for successfully launching a communication aid tool at the VA based off a QIPS case presented by Nandi Shah. Look out for these signs at the bedside to indicate communication deficits and improve the patient experience.

GREAT WORK TEAM!!

Free Clinic Celebration and Fundraiser on May 14th!

Dear Friends, on May 14th 2020, the UCSD Student Free Clinic Project is hosting a virtual Celebration and Fundraiser. This is an annual event with touching stories about the impact that clinic volunteers make in our community. The details for the event are below, and everyone is welcome! See below for details:

Event Page:

https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/education/freeclinic/support/Pages/events.aspx

Everyone is welcome! Whether you are new to UCSD Student Run Free Clinic, or have worked with us over the years, we hope you can join us. The event is free because we hope to include as much of our San Diego and national Free Clinic community as we can. Please take the time to register—we will be using the contact information to send a Zoom invitation closer to the event.

The event page also has a survey, “Free Clinic Over the Years.” This is not required for the event, but we are starting to archive stories from throughout the generations of the Free Clinic Family and hope to continue to add for many more to come!

If you are not able to attend the event, we would be grateful for your support by sharing your memories of Free Clinic with the survey or by any donation you are able to make. The funds will help Free Clinic continue to support our patients in a time when they need us the most. To learn more about how Free Clinic is currently doing, please see “Free Clinic in the Time of COVID-19” on our home page.

Podcast Highlight: The DEI Shift

By our own fantastic residents Maggie Kozman, DJ Gaines, and Pooja Jaeel- an enlightening (non-COVID) podcast! This podcast focuses on shifting the way we think and talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the medical field.

The title, The DEI Shift, uses a common acronym DEI (standing for diversity, equity, and inclusion) as a play on the idea of a “day shift”, the time in the hospital when the daytime teams come in, bring fresh perspectives to the issues that arose overnight, and progress patient care forward. This podcast is aimed at: 1) bringing new perspectives and a more inclusive approach to the discussions of diversity issues in healthcare, 2) shifting us away from avoidance, fatigue, and negative connotations that have become attached to these topics, and 3) transitioning these discussions from mere classroom didactics into relevant, day-to-day, organic conversation and application.

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/po…/the-dei-shift/id1502320722…

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/12PUDntuHNwxZlEYftUFGH

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/…‎Society & Culture · 2020

PS- Have a great learning tool that you use outside of work hours? I am compiling a list of high yield resources people use to satisfy their thirst for knowledge (all things medical and non-medical!). Send Holly Greenwald (HGreenwald@health.ucsd.edu) your awesome podcasts, youtube channels, instagram, twitter, blogs, or books – anything that stimulates your minds. 

Help our veterans at North County Stand Down!

North County Stand Down volunteers are still needed!  

When: Friday February 7th, Saturday February 8th, or Sunday February 9th 2020

Where: Green Oaks Ranch (Vista)

Shifts needed: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. Sunday 9-1 only.

The North County Stand Down is an event that provides health care to homeless veterans, with a Medical Tent that provides a number of services including urgent/walk-in medical care.  Services do include some limited labs, pharmacy services, counseling, immunizations, and HIV/HepC screening. This is a great opportunity to hone your clinical skills! The patients are very grateful for the care they receive at this event, and some will go on to establish regular care at the VA based on a positive first interaction there.

If interested and available, please email the medical director, Dr. Amanda Apicella at amanda.apicella@va.gov.

Primary Care Pathway and HEAD interest group learn about correctional medicine

This week we were fortunate to have Dr. Jenny Espinoza-Marcus, the Chief of the Educational Partnership Program for California Correctional Healthcare Services visit and provide an evening discussion as well as take us on a tour of the healthcare facilities at Richard J. Donovan State Prison. She provided enlightening presentations about providing healthcare in a correctional setting as well as the historical, legal, and social causes of mass incarceration.  The primary care residents learned about the impact of incarceration on health and the high-quality care that our state prison’s provide.