Blog Archives: 2021
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to highlight two of our stellar Hispanic faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine. Hispanic Heritage month was passed by Congress on September 17, 1968. Public Law 90-48 calls upon the âpeople of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.â
Currently, PSOM has 3.13% full time faculty who self-identify as Hispanic or Latinx, and the incoming 2020 medical school class was 10.9% Hispanic/Latinx.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads the TBI Clinical Research Initiative. …
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Last year, the national conversation shifted in sharp focus to the structural inequities which have shaped our society for centuries. We had already witnessed the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color, however it was the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020 which struck the heart and soul of the nation. The country witnessed a summer of protests and conversations which were focused on the frustration and fatigue related to the continued evidence of structural racism, dating back 400 years. The confluence of the inequities observed during the pandemic and the continued evidence of inequities in…
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Every year, September marks a time when we celebrate the contributions of women to medicine and science. On September 13, 2021 at noon, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhl, the Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University Michigan. Dr. Jagsi is one of the most sought after speakers on the topic of gender equity in medicine, and her visit with us will further stimulate our exploration of strategies to further advance women in science and medicine…
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As we approach the Juneteenth Holiday, it is important to consider the what, the why, and the where this day should take us on a journey of deep reflection. In many ways, weaved into this day of remembrance and celebration, there is a dual tribute - acknowledging what this day represents and the hope it should inspire within each of us for the future.
What Is Today?
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger proclaimed the following order to the people of Texas:
âThe people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the…
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One year ago today, on a street in Minneapolis, a man lost his life. George Floyd parked outside a convenience store in his neighborhood and was accused of passing a counterfeit bill. A call to the local police quickly escalated to an attempt to place Mr. Floyd in a police vehicle, then a pinning of his body on the ground, and a knee on his neck for more than 9 minutes. The world soon saw what bystanders witnessed, captured on video by a teenager. If we had not seen the video, there would be other explanations of this moment. That…
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We find ourselves in a crucible moment, for the family of George Floyd, for the families that have lost loved ones, for our nation, and for the world. Where will this lead us, as a community as a society? From the time of the first video that exposed the circumstances of Mr. Floydâs death to the verdict we all witnessed on April 20, 2021, laid bare the inequities that occur at the hands of those who hold providence over us. There are members of the police force who are fully committed to protect and serve our communities, however there are…
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We at the Perelman School of Medicine are deeply saddened by the rise of anti-Asian violence over the past year. Our previous statement is published on our homepage.
We honor and mourn the eight victims who have lost their lives in the most recent Atlanta shooting, six of whom are Asian-American. Weâve listed their names here.
- Hyun Jung Grant, 51
- Xiaojie Tan, 49
- Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33
- Paul Andre Michels, 54
- Yong Ae Yue, 63
- Suncha Kim, 69
- Soon Chung Park, 74
- Daoyou Feng, 44
In an attempt to examine how these tragedies have affected some of our medical…
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Last night, I read a book of quotations attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seeking both comfort during this period of volatility in our country and inspiration to continue to press on in our shared quest of a more perfect union. I believe most of us will agree, the violence that we witnessed at the Capitol last week, is not reflective of the country that the Founders envisioned.
Dr. King devoted his life to nonviolent protests, which is not what we witnessed on January 6, 2021. The insurrection that shook many of us at our core was more than…
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