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Dr. Jana Christian is a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. She attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for her medical school training. She is the founding chief resident leader of the new Race, Bias, and Advocacy in Medicine distinction pathway at Yale, an effort to provide residents with the tools to identify and combat racism and structural bias, especially as it relates to delivery of care, medical education, and academic hierarchy.
Rachel Schrier is currently a Chief Resident in the Traditional Internal Medicine Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. She graduated from medical school at Brown University, where she enacted curricular reform to empower bilingual providers to provide linguistically-concordant care to patients who prefer to receive their healthcare in Spanish, and to discourage underutilization of language access services for providers with insufficient language proficiency or "false fluency."
In the Yale Traditional Internal Medicine program, she designed the curriculum in physician advocacy and social determinants of health, and founded the residency's Committee for Antiracism in Medical Education. She is involved in the work of her co-chief, Jana Christian, who founded Yale Internal Medicine's Race, Bias and Advocacy in Medicine distinction.
Michael Mensah is Chief Resident at UCLA Psychiatry and APA Resident Fellow Member Trustee. Born in Northeast Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of Princeton University, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a Zuckermam Fellow. His work has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Scientific American.
LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a student, writer, activist, and the first Black woman to be elected student council president at Harvard Medical School. In 2020 she was selected as a “Young Futurist” by The Root Magazine and named the youngest “40 Under 40” Leader in Minority Health recipient by the National Minority Quality Forum.
Theresa Williamson, MD is a Neurosurgical Resident and Enfolded Spine Fellow at Duke University Hospital and Researcher at the Duke Margolis Health Policy Center. She focuses on decision-making and physician-patient communication in neurosurgery. Recognizing that neurosurgery is a complex and stressful field, she aims to advocate for both patients and physicians in her writing. For more, follow her on twitter @twilli7 or at medium.com.
Oluwafunmilayo "Funmi" Akinlade is a physician working as a Public Health Systems Analyst at the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. She is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studies Global Health.
Nomazwe Ncube is a 4th year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine and an alumna of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her areas of focus include global health and health equity.
Raksha Madhavan is a second year resident at Yale New Haven Hospital. She attended the accelerated 6 year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for undergrad and medical school. At Yale, she is an inagural member of the Race, Bias, and Advocacy in Medicine distinction pathway, where she is working to create a lasting cirriculum that will equip residents with tools to combat racism in healthcare and prepare for a career in physician advocacy.