Dr. Michaela West MD, PhD is a board certified general and critical care surgeon and is a fellow of the ACS and College of Critical Care Medicine. She currently is the Trauma Research Chair at North Memorial Health Care, a Level 1 trauma center in Minneapolis, MN, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. She holds the distinction of Emeritus Professor at UCSF and is a founding member of Times Up Healthcare.
In this episode, we discuss the challenges between diversity in numbers and true inclusivity in surgery and medicine and why inclusivity is essential to attract the best and brightest applicants into the healthcare workforce. We postulate reenvisioning what a surgeon is and how to extend inclusivity to marginalized groups where opportunities are withheld. We expose the weaponization of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and how whisper campaigns are used to poison the water and reinforce a false narrative against those who make efforts toward true inclusivity. Additionally, Dr. West delves into recent controversies involving Times Up Healthcare. Grab a cup of coffee and take notes as we unpack these key conversations.
Article: Inclusion of women in surgery in surgery involves reenvisioning the surgeon archetype: A commentary for the social consciousness in surgical care and research series for surgery.
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