Committees  |   May 2019
Microaggressions and the Retention of Minority Residents in Academic Medicine
Author Affiliations
  • Omonele O. Nwokolo, M.D.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
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Committees   |   May 2019
Microaggressions and the Retention of Minority Residents in Academic Medicine
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 50-52.
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 50-52.
When I graduated medical school, I was certain of two things - I was now a physician: hence my words mattered, and I was still an internship year away from anesthesiology. I started my intern year with internal medicine and one of the things that most impressed me was the diversity within my team. My attending was Middle Eastern; the residents, myself included, and medical students came from different parts of the world and all “walks of life.” I had never been in a more diverse setting in my life and for the first time in a while, I felt comfortable in the professional setting. As a team, we took on the collaborative effort, and there were many innovative ideas that were brought to my mind that reflected the views of each individual. Shortly after, I received an email about the Diversity Mentoring Program, and the grant through the ASA. In all honesty, I didn’t think I had enough knowledge in anesthesiology or experience as a physician to apply. However, I knew that I valued diversity and I knew that I had to at least try – so I did.
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