Raina Merchant

CHIBE Q&A with Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA

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Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA, is Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health. She is also an Associate Vice President at Penn Medicine and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Division of Health Policy, and she serves as Co-Director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Merchant recently became a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member as well. Read our CHIBE Q&A to learn more about her. What projects are you working on right now? Much…

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Med Page Today: Op-Ed: Race Has No Place in Precision Oncology

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by Kelsey S. Lau-Min, MD, Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, and Justin E. Bekelman, MD Studies show that minority patients with breast cancer are 50% to 65% less likely than white patients to get genetic testing, even if it is free or covered by insurance. Genetic testing is the first step in precision oncology – individualizing treatments based on a person’s hereditary risk or the molecular characteristics of their cancer. A doctor’s recommendation is a singular predictor of whether patients get genetic counseling and testing, surpassing even cost, culture, and patient attitudes. Today, we must reimagine how to help doctors make…

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WHYY: What Will It Take to Diversify Medicine?

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Who becomes a physician in this country — and who never gets that chance? It’s a question a lot of medical schools are grappling with, as groups like Black people and Latinos remain especially underrepresented among students. What would it take to attract and retain a more diverse group of students? On this episode, we hear stories about people’s path to med school, and the challenges they face along the way. We learn about a major push to increase diversity that happened in the 90s — and what happened to it; why some are rallying to do away with a…

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Health Equity

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Health Equity   Recognizing our institutional power and collective talents and resources, CHIBE is examining how to use our research to remake the status quo and improve population health, especially among Black Americans who have suffered from racist policies and systems. Many of our CHIBE affiliated faculty members are working to increase health equity and reduce health care disparities. CHIBE members are also involved in Penn's Bold Solutions Initiative, which seeks to end racism in the health care field. Here's some of our work in the area of health equity If you'd like to partner with CHIBE on a health...
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