A New York Times article describes the microaggressions that doctors of color frequently experience in their daily practice. In a field dominated by white males, many minority physicians frequently hear comments from colleagues and patients questioning their credibility and undermining their authority. The article emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about this issue and what steps people can take towards eliminating conscious and unconscious bias. The positive impact of diversity in medicine on patient outcomes is also addressed.
NPR recently covered a study from the New England Journal of Medicine which found that female primary care physicians spend more time with their patients but earn less money than their male counterparts. While previous research suggests that the extra time female doctors spend connecting with patients may have a positive impact on health outcomes, study authors believe that the extra time female physicians spend with their patients can have profound implications on the gender pay gap.
In the latest episode of Rox Heart Radio, Dr. Roxana Mehran brings Dr. C. Michael Gibson up to speed on Women as One, a campaign to promote talent in medicine by offering professional opportunities to female physicians.