UNMC Family Medicine Connect

New residents attend session on race, bias, and white privilege

Several Department of Family Medicine faculty collaborated to develop a session on race, bias, and white privilege as part of new resident orientation for the 2020 intern class.

On Monday, July 27, twenty-one residents and eight faculty members gathered in small groups and over Zoom to discuss various topics on race and bias.

Highlights of the session included presentations on health equity and Omaha’s race history. Dr. Melanie Menning presented on Omaha’s immigrant and refugee health and Dr. Andrea Jones talked on the social determinants of health, racism, bias, and white privilege. Residents also heard about the racial wealth gap, white fragility, systemic racism, the social perspective for medical students and residents,

Faculty facilitators included Dr. Hannah Christiansen, Dr. Susan Evans, Dr. Alex Dworak, Dr. Andrea Jones, Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, Dr. Jennifer Liu, Dr. Alberto Marcelin, and Dr. Melanie Menning.

Jones distributes masks at rally

Assistant Professor Dr. Andrea Jones attended the May 31 rally at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and distributed masks to attendees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jones says “the presence and support of my white colleagues during this difficult time has been helpful, yet it needs to be a community effort and I would appreciate our department being vocal and physical present during this time in whatever way feels comfortable to them.  Racism in America is not Black people’s problem to fix.  We need the majority (white Americans) to advocate and help shape this defining moment in history to provide justice for all and help eliminate the historic systemic inequalities.”

Koran, Khandalavala present in E-Learning showcase

The UNMC Office of Academic Affairs hosted the annual E-Learning showcase on Tuesday, April 16. The 2019 E-Learning Showcase, “Innovators in Education”, spotlighted faculty and student collaborators making transformations in UNMC curricula.

Family Medicine faculty, Dr. Birgit Khandalavala and Dr. Jessica Koran presented their e-module “Obesity Bias”.

“We worked with students from several UNMC colleges to create this e-module which will be housed and open for anyone to complete in the UNMC E-Gallery.  It was a fun morning and we were excited to share our work with the other groups and the campus faculty,” Dr. Koran said.

Visit the E-Gallery to learn more.

Obesity Bias