Unmasking Medical Bias

Unmasking Medical Bias

Advancing Equity Through Social Media
October 15, 2023
Season 12
Featuring:
Joel Bervell
The "medical mythbuster"

How has America’s historic racism impacted today’s care of people of color? How can we correct current inequities in outcomes for society’s most vulnerable – people of color, people with low incomes and those uninsured? One of America’s rising young medical stars explores these questions and offers his insight on the importance that improving healthcare outcomes holds for all of us.

Moderated by: Jonathan Ntheketha

When burgeoning doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers enter the workforce, they are seeking to fulfill their mission to care for their fellow citizens. But has their education optimally prepared them to care for all Americans equitably?

Medical student and science educator Joel Bervell helps us to understand how the United States’ social and political history has embedded itself in fascinating and often invisible ways within medical education and how that impacts the current care of our most vulnerable populations. Bervell also shares his creative use of social media as an educational platform for sharing information on racial disparities and informing on biases in healthcare and other industries.

Our moderator, Rochester native Jonathan Ntheketha,  currently serves as The Harley School’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director and Title IX Coordinator. Jonathan has over 20 years of teaching, mentoring, and advocating in higher education, and he is an active member of Rochester’s rich theater community.

Moderated by: Jonathan Ntheketha

When burgeoning doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers enter the workforce, they are seeking to fulfill their mission to care for their fellow citizens. But has their education optimally prepared them to care for all Americans equitably?

Medical student and science educator Joel Bervell helps us to understand how the United States’ social and political history has embedded itself in fascinating and often invisible ways within medical education and how that impacts the current care of our most vulnerable populations. Bervell also shares his creative use of social media as an educational platform for sharing information on racial disparities and informing on biases in healthcare and other industries.

Our moderator, Rochester native Jonathan Ntheketha,  currently serves as The Harley School’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director and Title IX Coordinator. Jonathan has over 20 years of teaching, mentoring, and advocating in higher education, and he is an active member of Rochester’s rich theater community.

About Joel Bervell:

Joel Bervell is a Washington State University medical student, but you may know him as TikTok’s “medical mythbuster.” His videos tackling misinformation, disparities, and racial bias in health care have garnered more than 120 million views. Joel is also the host of The Commonwealth Fund’s podcast, The Dose.

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