To recognize the importance of diversity in science and medicine, Einstein’s office of diversity and inclusion hosted its inaugural Diversity Week in April as part of National Minority Health Month.
National leaders in science and medicine, including three Einstein alumni, gave daily lectures related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine. Talks included such topics as “Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” “The Impact of a Key Social Determinant on My Career as a Thoracic Surgeon,” and “Advancing Equity in Clinical Care.”
Lynne Holden, M.D., senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Einstein, said Diversity Week was “an opportunity to bring to campus, in person or virtually, leading physicians, scientists, and thought leaders who could share their insights and perspectives with our community members.” Dr. Holden is also a professor of emergency medicine at Einstein and an emergency medicine physician at Montefiore.
Camille Clare, M.D. ’97, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Downstate Health Sciences University, kicked off the week’s events with the ninth annual Roger Duvivier lecture. Other alumni lecturers included Raja Flores, M.D. ’92, system chair, department of thoracic surgery, and professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Yvette Calderon, M.D. ’90, chair and professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and dean/vice president for equity in clinical care at Mount Sinai.
National Minority Health Month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disproportionate burden of disease on racial and ethnic minorities and to promoting community education to reduce health differences.