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Dr. Ben Carson – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats

Diversity in Healthcare

Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Ben Carson for the month of April.

Ben Carson is considered a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery and recognized worldwide.

Growing up in a single-parent home in Detroit, Carson graduated high school with a full scholarship to Yale University. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1977 and was then accepted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine neurosurgery program, completing his residency in 1983.

Dr. Carson was appointed director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in 1984 at age 33, then the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the United States.

In 1987, at 35, he received global acclaim as lead neurosurgeon in the separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. It was the first successful operation of its kind. Additional accomplishments include performing the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and revitalizing hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.

Upon retirement in 2013, he was professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After retiring from medicine Dr. Carson ran for president in 2016, and served as the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Trump (2017–2021).

Dr. Carson has received numerous honors for his neurosurgery work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 and election into the National Academy of Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Nate Hughes – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats

Diversity in Healthcare

Continuing with our 2022 theme of Black Men in White Coats, we are featuring Dr. Nate Hughes for the month of March.

Growing up, Dr. Hughes always wanted to be a football player and a doctor. He has been able to achieve both.

Dr. Hughes earned a nursing degree in 2008, then walked on to the NFL and played as a wide receiver for five years. He retired from the NFL in 2012, earned a Master of Science in Nursing in 2015, then entered medical school. He graduated from the University of Mississippi as a doctor in 2019.

He is currently completing his residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey where he was recently appointed Anesthesia Chief Resident for 2022-2023. He and his wife Angel are also raising three children.

Nate Hughes, MD is proof that people can achieve multiple dreams, and can be successful in athletics, academics, medicine,  and life.

Info sources: https://www.ebony.com/news/retired-nfl-star-pursues-dreams-of-becoming-an-anesthesiologist/; https://www.instagram.com/skato16/

Dr. Dale Okorodudu – #DiversityInHealthcare #BlackMenInWhiteCoats

Diversity in Healthcare

We are continuing our Diversity in Healthcare social media series for 2022 with the theme Black Men in White Coats.

Our first post of the year features Dr. Dale Okorodudu (known as “Dr. Dale”), the founder of the Black Men in White Coats movement. Dr. Dale grew up in the Houston area and earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University and trained in pulmonary and critical care at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where he is now a faculty member. He was named to the Ebony Power 100 List in 2020 and has won multiple awards for his leadership and mentoring activities.

Black Men in White Coats is a movement seeking to address the lack of Black male doctors in the United States. Only 2% of American physicians are Black men, and fewer Black men applied for medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Strategies to combat this problem include raising awareness of the issue; providing visible representation of Black men in medicine through social media, short video documentaries, a full-length documentary, a book, and more; and a strong focus on mentoring. Visit the website or follow the hashtag on social media – #BlackMenInWhiteCoats.

We plan to contribute to increasing representation in 2022 through our social media series. Check this blog as well as our Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout the year for profiles of #BlackMenInWhiteCoats. We also wish you a happy Black History Month and encourage you to seek out more information about the people currently making Black History, including Dr. Dale.

Copyright 101

Announcement

The third and final session in the Health Sciences Library’s fall webinar series is coming up tomorrow. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

Copyright 101
With Dave Fagundes, Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Research Dean at the University of Houston Law Center
Wed 11/17, 12 – 1 pm
Recording

This session will cover the basics of the federal Copyright Act and major judicial interpretations, including what works are protected, what acts are infringing, when unauthorized use may be permitted, and what common misunderstandings about copyright law to avoid.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Beverly Murphy – #DiversityInHealthcare

Diversity in Healthcare

Beverly Murphy was elected as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association in 2018.

Murphy is the Assistant Director of Communications and Web Content, as well as the nursing liaison, at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She was recruited to a technical services position directly out of library school, and has been a leader in health sciences libraries ever since. In addition to breaking barriers as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association, she was also the first African-American chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the first African-American editor of MLA News, and the first African-American Recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award.

When asked about her advice for new leaders, Murphy said, “I believe you first have to learn to follow before you can lead. Don’t be afraid to take risks but listen and learn from every angle and expect the unexpected. You don’t have to be at the top of the food chain to be an effective leader, but you should be at the top of your game to effect change. Learn everything you can about leadership principles and apply them when given the right circumstances. Be an example people want to follow, engage those around you, and help them shine. Be accountable, honest, and transparent.”

Source: https://www.mlanet.org/blog/i-am-mla-beverly-murphy-ahip-fmla

EndNote 101

Announcement

The second session in our fall webinar series is coming up this Wednesday. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

  • EndNote 101
    With Stefanie Lapka
    Wed 10/20, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording

After this session, you will be able to use EndNote Online to create an account, utilize plug-ins, add and organize references, and cite while you write.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni – #DiversityInHealthcare

Diversity in Healthcare

In 1998, Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni became the first woman appointed professor in the department of medicine at Beth Israel Hospital. Throughout much of her career, she has focused her research agenda on the health concerns of people living with disabilities.

Iezzoni earned a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in the 1970s, and went on to receive her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1984. During her first year of medical school, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of the lack of accommodations available at the time for people with disabilities, as well as the lack of acceptance within medicine, she opted to follow a research track rather than complete an internship and become licensed as a medical doctor.

With her background in health policy, this was a natural fit. Her research has largely focused on measuring quality of care and improving fairness of payment. Additionally, she has researched disability, including health policy issues, health disparities, and the implications of disabling conditions on daily life.

In recent years, she has gotten involved in the #DocsWithDisabilities movement, calling for the profession to be more open and less ableist in order to improve healthcare.

Info and photo source: https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/biography_161.html

Systematic Reviews 101

Announcement

The first session in our fall webinar series is coming up this Wednesday. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

  • Systematic Reviews 101
    With Rachel Helbing
    Wed 9/22, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording

After this session, you will be able to identify and understand the steps in a systematic review, from formulating a research question to synthesizing results.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Fall Webinar Series

Announcement

We hope you can join us for our fall webinar series. Please save the dates for the three lunch & learn sessions to be held on Zoom on Wednesdays in September, October, and November.

  • Systematic Reviews 101
    With Rachel Helbing
    Wed 9/22, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording
  • EndNote 101
    With Stefanie Lapka
    Wed 10/20, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording
  • Copyright 101
    With Dave Fagundes
    Wed 11/17, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording

More details are forthcoming. Sessions will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte – #DiversityInHealthcare

Diversity in Healthcare

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was a doctor, public health advocate, and social reformer widely recognized as the first Indigenous woman to obtain a medical degree in the U.S. Dr. La Flesche Picotte was born in the Omaha reservation in 1865, the youngest daughter of Joseph La Flesche, the last recognized Chief of the Omaha tribe.

During her studies at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMPC), Dr. La Flesche Picotte was sponsored by the Connecticut Indian Association (CIA) throughout her medical program and overcame societal and racial discrimination to become valedictorian, graduating at the top of her class in 1889.

Throughout her career, Dr. La Flesche Picotte worked for the Office of Indian Affairs (1889-1983) as the physician for the boarding school, was an active community advocate, and traveled in and around the reservation making house calls for community members.

She was an active social reformer and public health advocate, strongly in favor of temperance and even advocated for a prohibition law that would impact the Omaha tribe. Dr. La Flesche Picotte was a proponent of preventive care and worked on educating her community on hygiene and food sanitation, both for general health and to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis. She also helped tribal members with inheritance issues they experienced, specifically with regard to land sales.

Dr. La Flesche Picotte went on to establish the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital, the first privately-funded hospital on the Omaha reservation that went on to serve the tribal community until the 1940s. Today, the building stands as a National Historic Landmark and serves as a reminder of the amazing work of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte.

Info source: The Incredible Legacy of Susan La Flesche, the First Native American to Earn a Medical Degree, Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte, Susan La Flesche Picotte, and Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian leader and reformer.

Photo source: Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

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