Ilene Fennoy, MD and Dorit Koren, MD
Our mission is to affirm the ideology of the PES as a scientific community that fosters inclusion, acceptance, and support for every person independent of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Towards this end, our focus is to:
- Recognize implicit and explicit bias in healthcare in Pediatric Endocrinology, and address related healthcare disparities that affect our patients and families, through research, quality improvement, health delivery science, education, and outreach efforts.
- Foster equity and diversity and provide an environment of equality and mentorship for all trainees, fellows, and faculty in Pediatric Endocrinology.
Our task force goals for the coming year are to increase awareness in our society’s membership of implicit and explicit bias in medicine in general and Pediatric Endocrinology specifically, and the contribution of said biases to health care disparities as well as to career development of minority physicians. We also aim to start to amass resources to help us address and ameliorate these biases and resulting disparities. We will contribute regularly to the newsletter, develop a needs assessment survey of our society, and will plan to offer periodic education for the PES membership.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Observed on the second Monday of October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. The holiday also celebrates the contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and acknowledges the discrimination and genocide of generations of Indigenous peoples.
On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day by signing a presidential proclamation. He declared October 11, 2021 to be a national holiday. This formal recognition includes review of the contributions of the American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. We are to never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror wrought upon Native communities and Triable Nations.
“Indigenous peoples are stewards of the world’s biodiversity and cultural diversity. Although they account for only around 5 percent of the world’s population, they effectively manage an estimated 20-25 per cent of the Earth’s land surface. This land coincides with areas that hold 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity and about 40 per cent of all terrestrial protected areas and ecologically intact landscapes. Indigenous peoples therefore play a key role in efforts to protect the planet and biodiversity.”
Halloween and cultural appropriation
Also this month, as you make COVID-safe Halloween plans at and outside of work, beware of cultural appropriation in your costume design. Check out NPR’s take on this topic from 2019: Cultural Appropriation, A Perennial Issue On Halloween. This article from The Hill offers a historical perspective on Halloween costumes, and the following tip:
“Ask yourself the question, does the culture you’re imitating have a history of oppression? Are you benefiting from borrowing from the culture? Are you able to remove something when you get tired of it and return to a privileged culture when others can’t?”
Finally, fellowship interview season in full swing!
TIPS for INTERVIEWING PROSPECTIVE ENDOCRINE FELLOWS:
This perspective published during last year’s recruitment season remains highly recommended for those conducting interviews: Interviewed While Black (NEJM).
Click here to access a tip sheet to reduce implicit bias that you can easily review just before each interview.
It is also good practice to ask applicants about their personal pronouns, provide a place in the application materials to specify pronouns, and to model including your pronouns in your Zoom profile and/or email signature if you are comfortable doing so. [UCSF LGBT Resource Center: Pronouns Matter
Resources for Addressing Implicit Bias:
We encourage you to review these links
- AAMC Addressing Implicit Bias in Virtual Interviews Video
- AAMC Unconscious Bias in Virtual Interviews Resources
- Harvard Project Implicit for Health Care: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/pih/pih/index.jsp
- Mosquito bite video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd3bzA7450&ab_channel=FusionComedy
Additional EDI Resources of interest:
- The importance of having a diverse physician workforce: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2769772?guestAccessKey=99147c6d-8204-4930-bcbb-881ff12de18e&utm_source=fbpage&utm_medium=social_jamaim&utm_term=4053501956&utm_campaign=article_alert&linkId=103462324
- Resource to help understand and address vaccine hesitancy in minority communities:
- C:\Users\if1\Dropbox\PES EDI Task Force\Vaccine Hesitancy in Minority Communities.docx
- https://freakonomics.com/podcast/compassionomics/ This is a podcast on the compassion crisis in medicine.
PES EDI Book Club
Next book club book Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu. Date to be announced.
Email Info@pedsendo.org if you are interested in getting involved!