Jasmine Marcelin, M.D., assistant professor, infectious diseases, and associate medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UNMC, recently moderated the first of a two-part online chat with Physicians Weekly. Called the #PWChat series, Dr. Marcelin discussed issues important to underrepresented minorities in health care using the hashtag #MinoritiesInMedicine, with participation from more than 150 individual Twitter accounts.
Topics discussed included:
- results from a survey on patient bias toward doctors and nurses and participants' experiences directly with, or witnessing, race-based micro-agressions from patients, colleagues, or support staff and how they handled these situations;
- what can be done to close the gap across racial/ethnic lines, including resources or support to help negotiate fair pay;
- study results indicating that implicit racial bias can affect the diversity of medical school admissions; and
- what steps are or can be taken within individual organizations to address implicit bias and increase minority representation.
You can read the full transcript here. Part 2 of the Minorities in Medicine discussion will be held on Twitter at 2 p.m. (CDT) on July 18. To join the chat and get instructions on how to participate, go to @physicianswkly on Twitter on the day of the chat or follow Dr. Marcelin on Twitter @DrJRMarcelin.
Dr. Rogan honored by alma mater
Eleanor Rogan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of environmental, agricultural and occupational health, College of Public Health, received the 2018 Achievement Award from the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College at her 55th reunion.
This award is presented to Mount Holyoke College alumni whose accomplishments and service to society exemplify the values and virtues set forth by the college.
Dr. Rogan, class of 1963, has been a pioneer in the field of biochemistry, a highly respected educator and groundbreaking researcher focusing on women's health concerns, the award cites.
Dr. Rogan earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968 and spent a year teaching at Goucher College, Baltimore. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she was recruited by UNMC where she has been a principal or co-investigator on 21 grants.
Dr. Rogan has published more than 200 papers on research involving environmental health and cancer prevention. For her contributions to the growth of the UNMC's College of Public Health and for her excellence as an educator, Dr. Rogan has received many honors, including a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award and a 2017 Chancellor Robert D. Sparks Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Dr. James O'Dell to be featured speaker at rheumatology conference in Dubai
James O'Dell, M.D., professor and chief of the UNMC division of rheumatology and immunology and chief of rheumatology at the Omaha VA Medical Center, will be one of the featured speakers at the fourth annual conference for the Emirates Society for Rheumatology (ESR). The conference will be held Sept. 19-21 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The conference marks a first-time partnership between ESR and the American College of Rheumatology and brings together leaders from both organizations. Dr. O'Dell's talk will be one of more than 30 featured presentations on emerging research and noteworthy topics within the field of rheumatology.
Registration for the three-day conference is now open. Those interested in attending can find more information here. All conference sessions and panels will be held at Dubai Festival City.
Sovereign Native Youth Stem Leadership Academy visits UNMC
On Wednesday, 18 students in the Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy visited UNMC to explore potential health professions careers, as well as learn more about iEXCEL, the Mind & Brain Health Lab and the Anatomage Table. The students represented all four major Native American nations in Nebraska and were from Macy, Winnebago, Santee, Lincoln and Omaha. The summer program, organized by the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the Mid-American Transportation Center, develops leadership skills and exposes students to STEM and transportation-related opportunities.