Brigham Bookshelf: February 2021
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chapter 4: Research Track and Focus
Brigham Author: Zara Cooper
In Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, physician and surgical intensivist Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, and co-authors provide case-based examples exposing inequalities surrounding promotions, recognitions and awards in academic surgery. The Research Track and Focus chapter highlights three types of commonly held biases encountered by researchers underrepresented in medicine, including women and minorities. Cooper and colleagues illuminate poorly funded areas of medical research such as disease prevention, health disparities and patient-focused intervention. Importantly, this text illustrates ways minority groups, particularly Black and African American women, face significant disadvantages in receiving funding compared to their white counterparts. This chapter details the barriers that underrepresented groups face when seeking promotions, honors and future opportunities and outlines how such challenges exacerbate achievement disparities in academic surgery.
Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide
Brigham Author: Micah Johnson
In Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide, Micah Johnson, MD, a resident in Internal Medicine, and his co-author explore the major political issues surrounding the American health care system. While health care policy is notoriously complex, what Americans want is simple: an affordable and easy to use health care system. Polling reveals that a majority of Americans want the government to provide universal health coverage to all Americans; however, few recognize how to get there. Medicare for All delivers a comprehensive proposal outlining how to achieve universal health coverage in America and assesses both the practicality and the implications of this plan. This book goes beyond partisan talking points to offer a serious examination of how a single-payer, national health insurance program would transform the way we give, receive and pay for health care in America.