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Maintaining Wellness During a Pandemic & Racial Unrest with Carla Ellis, MD

Feinberg Perspectives

Release Date: 09/11/2020

Maintaining Wellness During a Pandemic & Racial Unrest with Carla Ellis, MD show art Maintaining Wellness During a Pandemic & Racial Unrest with Carla Ellis, MD

Feinberg Perspectives

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, medical clinics and labs ramped up capacity to treat patients and develop tests, increasing already high rates of stress for physicians and scientists. Then came tragic acts of police brutality against Black Americans and ensuing civil unrest, elevating stress levels again. Dr. Carla Ellis, an associate professor and the director of Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion in the Feinberg Department of Pathology, speaks to these layers of stress and advises how we can begin to recover.

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Battling a Pandemic in a Large Urban Jail with Connie Mennella, MD show art Battling a Pandemic in a Large Urban Jail with Connie Mennella, MD

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Cook County Jail in Chicago reported the highest rate of virus infection in a congregate setting. As cases in Chicago peaked, cases in the jail started to decline and by June reflected cases coming in from the community. Cook County Jail Medical Director Dr. Connie Mennella started her medical training at Feinberg in 1984 and has spent her entire career in correctional medicine, starting at the Cermak Health Services in 1991. Dr. Mennella shares how they overcame this surge in the jail with protocols like social distancing and...

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A Response to two Pandemics: COVID-19 & Systemic Racism with Quentin Youmans, MD show art A Response to two Pandemics: COVID-19 & Systemic Racism with Quentin Youmans, MD

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As COVID-19 cases started to spike across the U.S., rates of infection, hospitalization and death disproportionately afflicted Black Americans. In May, George Floyd, a Black man who had recovered from COVID, was murdered by a white Minneapolis police officer, igniting waves of protests in every state. Dr. Quentin Youmans, a resident physician in the Feinberg Department of Medicine, addresses the intersection of these two pandemics - coronavirus and racism - and what protesting in medicine might look like. Dr. Youmans is also the founder of Feinberg's STRIVE mentorship program, which...

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A Lesson on COVID-19 from the 1918 Spanish Flu with Kara Goldman, MD show art A Lesson on COVID-19 from the 1918 Spanish Flu with Kara Goldman, MD

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In 1918, the Spanish Flu infected one-third of the world's population, killing an estimated 20 to 50 million people. Dr. Kara Goldman's grandmother was one of the lucky ones who contracted the disease and survived. Dr. Goldman is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Read from her grandmother's old house, Dr. Goldman recalls her grandmother's story of the white scarf tied to the front door, a signal warning the community of the virus residing within, reminding us to take a lesson from previous generations and look out for...

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Stroke Recovery as a Doctor with Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD show art Stroke Recovery as a Doctor with Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD

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For over two decades, Todd Kuiken, MD, had been helping others regain mobility through his practice and research as a physiatrist. When he had a stroke, he found himself in need of rehabilitation and discovered a renewed pride in his work. Now, Kuiken takes us back to the day of his stroke, when his perspective on medicine was shifted.  

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Laughter in Oncology with Suneel Kamath, MD  show art Laughter in Oncology with Suneel Kamath, MD

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During his final year of his oncology fellowship at Northwestern, Suneel Kamath, MD, was finally getting used to telling people that he treats cancer for a living. He has perfected the art of letting people know that it is 'not as depressing as they think' and that there is much joy, even laughter, in his work as an oncologist. In this audio essay, he shares his experience with laughter and medicine. A version of this essay was first published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

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Stopping Gunshot Deaths from the Trauma Bay and Beyond with Mamta Swaroop, MD show art Stopping Gunshot Deaths from the Trauma Bay and Beyond with Mamta Swaroop, MD

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Teaching teens and adults across Chicago how to tie a tourniquet with a piece of clothing was not part of Mamta Swaroop’s job description as a trauma surgeon at Northwestern. So in 2017 she decided it was time to empower Chicago communities by training bystanders to be immediate responders. In this audio essay, she shares her story. A version of this essay was originally published in the Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Royal College of Surgeons journal.

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The Political Landscape as a Leader in LGBTQ Health with Brian Mustanski, PhD show art The Political Landscape as a Leader in LGBTQ Health with Brian Mustanski, PhD

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In 2015, the same year the Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was founded at Northwestern. It’s the largest institute in the U.S. to focus on sexual and gender minority health research. Brian Mustanski, PhD, a psychologist and leader in LGBTQ health research, is the center director. In this audio essay, he recalls the importance of the events of 2015 and the new battles his community faces in 2019.   

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A Day in a Wheelchair at Medical School with Samantha Schroth, MD PhD Student show art A Day in a Wheelchair at Medical School with Samantha Schroth, MD PhD Student

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Samantha Schroth, a MD/PhD student at Feinberg, didn’t always plan on becoming a physician. After graduating from college in 2013, her sights were set on veterinary school. But when an accident that summer left Samantha with a serious spinal cord injury, she realized her true passion lay in human medicine — and she ultimately found her way to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program. 

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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, medical clinics and labs ramped up capacity to treat patients and develop tests, increasing already high rates of stress for physicians and scientists. Then came tragic acts of police brutality against Black Americans and ensuing civil unrest, elevating stress levels again. Dr. Carla Ellis, an associate professor and the director of Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion in the Feinberg Department of Pathology, speaks to these layers of stress and advises how we can begin to recover.