Panel with Dr. Jacinta Elder, Dr. Jessica Isom, Dr. Nicole Rochester, and Dr. Charmaine Gregory | Discussion on Roots of Racial Misconceptions
This episode, #109, was previously recorded live with Dr. Jacinta Elder, Dr. Jessica Isom, and Dr. Nicole Rochester. The panel with these well-spoken doctors was prompted after we learned of the events leading up to the death of Dr. Susan Moore.
How is it that in 2021, the roots of racial misconceptions affect us so deeply?
Dr. Susan Moore’s story is eye-opening especially as she recounts her experiences of prejudice from colleagues as she sought care.
We needed to talk about this in order to prevent this from happening again.
Not only did we cover the documented journey which Dr. Susan Moore traveled, we dived into medical racism, dehumanization of people of color, empathy, bias, dismantling healthcare and medical education as we know it, but most importantly, what can we do TODAY to create a positive outcome.
Here are the biographies of the physician panel who took on this critical discussion:
Dr. Jacinta Elder is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician who focuses her care on Geriatrics. Dr. Elder obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Howard University in Biology and Genetics respectively. She subsequently obtained her Doctor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington DC. She has subspecialty training in hematology and oncology as well in which she studied cancer of the blood or leukemia as well as other more common cancers such as cancer of the breast, colon, and lungs. Dr. Elder has had a vast array of professional experiences both in academia and out in private practice. She has even spent some time at the Food and Drug Administration where she worked for a team involved in the approval of treatment for cancer. In addition to her current practice in Geriatrics, Dr. Elder has a passion for optimizing health and wellness with individual and group coaching in nutrition, mindfulness-based practices, and mindset mastery.
Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and Clinical Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. She primarily works in Boston, MA as an attending psychiatrist at Codman. She has continued to work with the Yale Department of Psychiatry residency program as a faculty track consultant leader for the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. Her professional interests include working towards eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias on clinical care, and the use of a community-focused population health approach in psychiatric practice. Her anti-racism teaching highlights the history of medical racism, interpersonal challenges in interracial interactions and provides a language for naming and responding to racism at multiple levels. She currently is working as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant and facilitator for individuals, non-profit organizations, and private companies.
Dr. Nicole Rochester is a board-certified pediatrician, professional health advocate, TEDx, and keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC, an innovative company that helps individuals and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system. Dr. Rochester was inspired to start her company after caring for her late father and experiencing the complicated healthcare system from the other side of the stethoscope. Through speaking engagements, blogs, social media posts, and her weekly YouTube show, Navigator Nuggets™, she educates, inspires, and empowers patients and family caregivers so they can be effective advocates for themselves and their loved ones. She has been featured on television, radio, and multiple podcasts and has contributed to numerous digital publications. Dr. Rochester is a champion of health equity and provides consulting services to healthcare organizations committed to eliminating health disparities and improving quality of care. She is a Maryland native, a dedicated wife, and the mother of two amazing young adult women.
Charmaine Gregory, MD, FACEP, has served countless patients, taught resident doctors and medical students for 14 years as Clinical Faculty at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan, following Emergency Medicine Residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She has been honored as a nominee for the Golden Apple teaching award by the resident doctors she teaches several years in a row. The Michigan College of Emergency Physicians named Dr. Gregory the 2019 Emergency Physician of the Year.
She serves as a Peer Coach providing feedback on communication techniques for Emergency providers and facilitates talks with healthcare providers about burnout, wellness, and work-life balance/integration. She is a national speaker on topics of wellness, night shift life, facing fear, and physician entrepreneurship as well as facilitates workshops on self-coaching, resilience, and burnout. Dr. Gregory is a contributing author of the books, The Chronicles of Women in White Coats, Thinking About Quitting Medicine Volume 2, and Doctoring Better.
Outside of medicine, her passion to pursue wellness and work-life balance led to the establishment of the virtual greatness and wellness coaching company Fervently Fit with Charmaine, LLC. Wellness coaching and fitness educational programs serve as an extension of clinical service by focusing on preventative methods for health and wellness maintenance. She is also a trained Physician Coach, helping colleagues find meaning and direction when most needed.
Over the last few years, she has developed a penchant for podcasting and teaching others to get started with their shows through her podcasting course and done for you podcasting services. In addition, she is the host for the Fearless Freedom with Dr. G podcast which focuses on facing fear and emerging victoriously.
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