Jul 20, 2021
Jessica Elizabeth Isom, MD MPH is an early career community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism projects. Dr. Isom draws on her psychiatric training and humble background to connect across differences in power, education, and perspective to foster a collaborative approach to achieving racial justice and equity in medicine and beyond.
She gives us a framework for addressing racist patients, family members and guests. This is three steps and works in many situations. Call it out, leverage the institution and set a limit on the behavior. Interrupt. Educate. Set limit. She also gives us ways to address racist language from attending to attending or even trainee to attending. We also discuss when it is OK for a patient to request a physician of a certain gender or racial background
Dr. Isom is currently an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center in Boston where she is providing expertise on antiracist transformation of staff and programming with a specific focus on the opioid use disorder services. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership. She currently serves as a leader within the American Psychiatric Association Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists and has been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Currently, she is devoting considerable time to growing her consulting company, Vision for Equity LLC(vision4equity.com), which she intends to expand into a nationally sought out team of antiracism coaches and organizational trainers. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @drjessisommdmph.
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