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This week, “First Opinion Podcast” returns to a conversation with emergency physician Uché Blackstock about her decision to leave academic medicine. STAT’s Usha Lee McFarling recently reported a stunning investigation about how white researchers have colonized research on health disparities and diversity over the past year. When racism persists in academic medicine and in research, it means that talented people like Uché will leave. Take a listen to her story and “First Opinion Podcast” will be back with a new conversation next week.

“I wasn’t just writing it for myself,” Blackstock said about her First Opinion. “I knew it wasn’t just my experience, even though at the time, I felt very alone.”


The conversation is based on Blackstock’s First Opinion from January, 2020, “Why Black doctors like me are leaving faculty positions in academic medical centers,” which was a call to arms for many Black physicians.

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And if you have any feedback for us — First Opinion authors to feature on the podcast, vocal mannerisms the host needs to jettison, kudos or darts — email us at [email protected] and please put “podcast” in the subject line.

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