Breonna Taylor’s life matters.The decision made by a Kentucky grand jury yesterday is another painful reminder that our country and its systems continue to fail the Black community and communities of color. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program condemns this decision. We re-iterate our commitment to meaningful, long-term change and to supporting our students from diverse backgrounds.
Fifth year Tri-Institutional MD-PhD student, Nneoma Adaku, was awarded the 2020 Ida Sophia Scudder MD Award for Excellence in Public Service by Weill Cornell Medicine.This award recognizes medical, doctoral, MD-PhD or physician assistant students who have made significant contributions in the field of community service and providing care to the underserved.
From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority and economically disadvantaged communities to the racially motivated killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, 2020 has unfortunately provided us with even more evidence that systematic racism continues to plague us.
Dr. Clark Fisher, MD, PhD, (Tri-I MD-PhD graduating class of 2017), currently at Yale University, has developed a ventilator circuit that can support two patients with individualized peak inspiratory and end-expiratory pressures. Dr. Fisher's project addresses the current shortage of ICU ventilators experienced by hospitals across the United States and the world with a a low-cost, off the shelf solution to stretch the limited resources available.
This is an uncharted and unique time, and the landscape seems to be shifting daily (if not hourly). At Tri-I, we are doing our best to adapt to our “new normal” and support our students and the larger Tri-I community. While we are not physically in the MD-PhD office, we are all still working and available. If you need to get in touch with us, the best way is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.