Category: advocacy

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Avoiding Bias in Letter Writing

08 Jul 2021

By Dr. Chantal Reyna It has been shown that implicit bias exists within letters of recommendation written for medical students applying for residency. In regard to gender, female applicants were more...

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Achieving Diversity Through Inclusive Leadership

28 Jun 2021

By Monica Jain, MD and Sadia Tasnim, MD Diversity and inclusion stimulate energy and drive performance – every individual that brings their unique perspectives to the team promotes creativity and i...

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White Coat

12 Jun 2021

By Sophia Hernandez, MD    Many leaders in medicine have identified the white coat as a shield of armor—a  “visibility cloak”—the very piece of cloth that provides minority physicians wit...

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Half-Chinese and Half-Vegetarian

24 May 2021

By Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, MBA, MS Growing up in a small rural town in Oregon, I was not surrounded by a very diverse community. I don’t think I even understood the words “race,” “ethnicity,”...

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One of these things (is not like the other)

18 Feb 2021

Patricia Martinez Quinones  Remember joyfully singing to the Sesame Street tune “one of these things is not like the others, [...] just doesn’t belong, can you tell which is not like the others ...

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The Important E’s

09 Oct 2020

By Chantal Reyna MD, FACS Lets face it, 2020 has not been kind. Pandemic. Race Riots. Unexpected Deaths. It has been a challenging year on many fronts. Hopefully it will lead to increased awareness o...

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Being a Woman in AWS

24 Sep 2020

By Cheryl Zogg Since joining AWS in my first year of medical school, running my school’s local chapter as an M2, and spending the last three years as a member of the AWS National Medical Student Co...

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AWS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

16 Sep 2020

By Minerva A. Romero Arenas, MD, MPH The past 6 months have felt like both a whirlwind and slow-motion. I have been looking for every bit of good news and reasons to celebrate to help keep my mood up...