Diversifying the Face of Emergency Medicine

Diversifying the Face of Emergency Medicine

June 15, 2019

In this episode Dr. Agboola and Dr. Diaz discuss the complex topic that is diversity and the role it plays in medicine and specifically EM. 


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Isaac Agboola, MD, MS

Yale New Haven Medical Center
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Tomas Diaz, MD

UCSF San Francisco, PGY-4
Twitter: @tomasrdiaz


On this episode, Dr. Agboola and Dr. Diaz discuss the complex topic of diversity and the role that it plays in medicine, highlighting its role in EM. They discuss what programs can do to foster diversity and recruit diverse individuals in the future. They delve into a discussion of how imagery can become expectations and define terms such as minority tax, microaggression, and stereotype threat. Interspersed throughout this discussion, they open up about their personal experiences as providers of color at their respective training sites.

Key Points

  • Diversity is not just about having colored faces in a space; it is about creating an environment that cultivates and supports diversity.
  • Everyone has implicit biases. It is important to be aware of these implicit biases and utilize that information to invoke intrapersonal change.
  • Just like allies are useful in overcoming the barriers faced by the LGBTQ community, allies are also important in overcoming the barriers faced by underrepresented minorities in medicine.

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