Barbara Ross-Lee, Physician. She is the first African-American woman to become dean of an American medicine school and the first osteopathic physician to become a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
“One of my biggest disruptions was founding the AOA’s Health Policy Fellowship program because it gave me an opportunity to challenge the emerging leadership of the profession to have a broader vision of diversity. Every doctor-patient interaction is a cultural interaction. It’s important to have a diverse workforce so that from the patient’s perspective, they can establish trust in their physician, but from the physician standpoint, we have to understand that culture is extremely important in the dynamic interaction between patients and physicians.”
“You have to engage people in a way they don’t expect because that’s where the bias is. The bias is people behaving in ways in which they are expected to behave based upon some sort of isolated belief. You cannot be predictable.”
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