Blog Archives: 2023
By Jack Drummond (Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity)
In the ever-changing and emotionally charged field of healthcare, it is becoming more and more evident that restorative practices are crucial, especially during times of profound healing and recovery. The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity fully embraces this idea and strives to create a community that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. We, as a community, agreed to the core values of respect, cultural humility, empathy and equity in Action for Cultural Transformation (ACT), we find ourselves leaning into those values, now more than ever. To achieve the goal of ensuring…
Read more on Restorative Justice Practices as a Bridge to a Space of Healing and Sharing
Penn Medicineâs Chief Transformation Officer Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, is at the helm of innovation efforts at Penn to make health care easierâutilizing technology to reduce administrative burdens and free employees to do more meaningful work. In her role, Merchant coordinates multiple projects from teams across Penn Medicine, from Information Services to Operations to the office of the Chief Medical Officer, and more.
âPenn is really focused on thinking about efficiency for health care workers across every spectrum, from clinicians to frontline staff to those who work behind the scenes,â said Merchant, who is also an associate vice president…
Read more on Women in Medicine: Raina Merchant on Unique Ways to Transform Health Care
By Jonathan Waller
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 4.2% of neurosurgeons are Black, with an even smaller representation of Black women at 0.6% from a 2018 survey. But initiatives across the country aim to increase diversity in neurosurgery and other medical fields.
At Penn, for example, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships partnered with Penn Medicine to develop the Educational Pipeline Program to encourage high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to aspire to medical science careers.
The program works closely with the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Masters of Public Health Program, the…
Read more on Introducing West Philadelphia High School Students to Careers in Neurosurgery
By Jonathan Waller
During this summerâs Philadelphia LGBTQ+ Pride March, staff from across Penn Medicine, along with their friends, families, and neighbors participated to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. By marching, they also helped to reaffirm Pennâs commitment to health equity, representation, and support for queer individuals who are employed by or receive care across the health system.
âPenn is a leading health care provider in the city of Philadelphia, so a lot of other entities look to us to lead the way,â shared Jenna Mechalas, MSN, RN, a Heart and Vascular Care nurse at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and chair…
Read more on Penn Medicine Pride: LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity in Health Care
Eve J. Higginbotham SM, MD, ML
Vice Dean, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Caption: This poster was sent to me by a friend who is a member of the AKA Sorority; I believe it captures the essence of todayâs celebration.
As we celebrate Juneteenth it is important to recognize not only the significance of this day but be reminded about the work that still remains ahead of us. It is notable that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years before the slaves in Texas became aware. It has always been a struggle…
Read more on Celebrating Juneteenth and Taking Stock in the Deeper Message
***UPDATE: Due to weather this event will be next Friday, June 30th from 12:30pm-3pm at Saunders Park. Note the slight change in the start time. All other details regarding the event remain the same ***
Commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, Juneteenth (June19th) is an important time for celebration, reflection, community-building, and engagement. Friday June 23rd from 1-3pm, please join us at the Penn Medicine/Wharton Wellness Summit: Community Health and Financial Literacy Celebration in of honor of Juneteenth 2023. This first ever event is being coordinated by Penn Neurologyâs Inclusion Diversity Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE) Program in partnership…
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As we continue our celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we take pride in the healthcare trailblazers who call Penn Medicine home.
Beginning in January of this year, Penn Medicine was happy to appoint Zarina Ali, MD, MS, FAANS, as chief of neurosurgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The first female neurosurgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Ali began her career with the University of Pennsylvania Health System as a neurosurgery resident with subspecialty training in peripheral nerve surgery.
Ali is also an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, senior fellow of…
Read more on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Profile: Dr.
Awarded annually, the Prizes empower Penn students to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Each Prize-winning project will receive $100,000, as well as a $50,000 living stipend per team member. The Prizes are the largest of their kind in higher education. All Prize recipients collaborate with a Penn faculty mentor
Read more on Class of 2023 President’s Engagement, Innovation Prize winners announced - Two PSOM mentees honored
- Seungwon (Lucy) Lee for Communities for Childbirth: Lee, a neuroscience major in the College of Arts and Sciences from Seoul, is CEO and co-founder of Communities for Childbirth, an international organization that empowers maternal and child health in Jinja, Uganda. With the…
As we celebrate Women's History Month, it is important to recognize and honor the accomplishments of women who broke down barriers and shattered stereotypes in their respective fields. Women's History Month is a time to reflect on the countless contributions that women have made to society and today, I would like to honor Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte.
Susan LaFlesche Picotte was a pioneering figure in American medical history, and the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree. Born in 1865 on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska, she grew up in a family of traditional healers who blended their…
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Ann Preston MD (1813-1872)
As we celebrate Womenâs History Month, it is the appropriate time to celebrate the women in medicine who have come before us. In the last century since the Flexner Report, the proportion of women in leadership positions still has a long journey ahead. A 2018 AAMC report notes that in 2018, women account for 16% of deans, 18% of department chairs, and 25% of full professors. Here at the Perelman School of Medicine, we are ahead of these benchmarks with women representing 33% of our department chairs and xx % of full professors, as of 2022. …
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Dr. Charles R. Drew was a pioneering physician and medical researcher who made significant contributions to the fields of medicine and science, especially around blood transfusion and storage. His work has saved countless lives and helped to lay the foundation for the modern blood banking industry.
Born in Washington D.C., Drew was the oldest of five children and showed an early aptitude for science and medicine. After completing his undergraduate education at Amherst College in Massachusetts, he went on to earn a degree in medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Drew's groundbreaking research into blood transfusion and storage began…
Read more on Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950)
The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (OIDE) encourages you to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by African Americans during Black History Month. Notable contributions in fields such as medicine, law, science, technology, and art have greatly shaped our world and continue to shape the future.
As we honor these contributions, let us also recognize there is still progress to be made, by encouraging open discussions about race, mitigating biases, and promoting acceptance and understanding of all people and perspectives, with a focus on healing.
The Action for Cultural Transformation (ACT) strategic initiative continues to focus on eliminating structural…
Read more on OIDE Black History Month Event focusing on Restorative Practices