Equality is the future. And the future tends to be born here. Washington, DC USA
This article, published in JAMA Internal Medicine describes the personal journey of a physician who is now serving as their authentic self:
…today I serve as a female physician in every respect within the Department of Defense. Last month, I graduated the Army Medical Department’s Advanced Course with honors, and now I look forward to the sec- ond half of my military career being treated like any other capable military physician.
The commentary, by Jamie Henry, MD (@MAJ_JLee_MD), concerns another paper in the journal
Where I went to medical school (University of Arizona College of Medicine), we had the typical “wall of fame” of all the previous graduating classes prominently mounted, covering the history of the school’s first class from 1967 to the present.
It was amusing to note that as you walked along the wall that the number of women in each class steadily increased, to the year after mine, when for the first time there were more women than men in incoming class.
Except that in retrospect, it wasn’t really funny.
The other thing I noticed was that the Nursing School building, erected a few years after the medical school building next to it, didn’t seem to have very many men’s rooms…
The wall showed another thing, that there were no LGBTQ human beings enrolled in this school. Except that there were. However, all the signs and signals in our curriculum and the behavior of our faculty conspired to keep this just an “allegation.”
And so…we can now measure the impact.
I’m 100% sure I was watching history when I took this photograph, outside of the White House, in Washington, DC (of course).
It features the leaders of the health issue of our time – equal opportunity to exist in society for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and in this case transgender.
Putting this here for the record. Remember. BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, AND 17 ADDITIONAL MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT Source: Gloucester County School Board v. G.G – American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. | American Civil Liberties Union Excluding Transgender … Continue reading Gloucester County School Board v. G.G – American Academy of Pediatrics, et al.
It gets better.
This is a 2015 update from Author Daniel Effron at London Business School (@lbs) – and yet another reminder that the business profession has done as much if not more work in the area of behavioral health as the medical profession.
Continuing from the previous post on this topic (Just Read: Moral Self-Licensing – a continual challenge to eliminating bias in health care), this update adds more information about human motivation.
I’m framing this post through the perspective of bias, but the principles apply to health behavior, consumer behavior, etc….