Dr. Imani McElroy is a general Surgery resident at MGH. Since the last time we spoke with her, she has completed a master’s in public health at Harvard Chan. She plans to spend this academic year working on research projects with a focus on disparities in health care delivery, complex aortic disease, and implementation sciences.
Dr. Nikhil Panda, known as Panda, is a rising 4th year general surgery resident who will be joining the MGH 4+3 cardiothoracic program. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Panda relocated to Boston for training where he completed an MPH in qualitative methods, and his interests include mobile health technology in surgery. He is a loving husband to his wife and the proud father of his baby girl.
In this episode, we explore the myth that diversity waters down excellence. In contrast to the reverberating claims, equity and social justice converge to produce an exceptional workforce that provides quality care that covers all people. Excluding how the social aspects of someone’s life interplays with their work and health is an injustice to everyone. There is no better way to define excellence than to exemplify those that have overcome the inequities and oppression that has been placed on them. We need to always be the best version of ourselves, and to open the door for the people behind us, to drown out opposing voices. Medicine will remain exclusive of people and perspectives that can take it into new dimensions if pipeline myths are not disbarred, and the people who are responsible for shaping the future promote a narrow definition of excellence. We challenge the next generation of leaders to value inclusivity beyond lip service.