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Episode 170: Being Black in Medicine w/ Dr. Russell Ledet

April 7, 2021

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. Russell Ledet, an MD-MBA candidate at Tulane University who also earned his Ph.D. in molecular oncology at New York University. During the conversation, they discuss his journey to becoming double Dr. Ledet (25:42 ), myths and misconceptions about being Black in medicine (32:40), and what it means to be true to yourself in professional settings (38:32). They also have a conversation about Dr. Ledet’s motivation for founding 15 White Coats and his effort to increase access to medical education (42:37). Moreover, they discuss  barriers to medical education (48:27) and strategies for addressing diversity in medicine (53:17). They close the episode by discussing the documentary, Black Men in White Coats (1:00:07), sources of Black mistrust related to the medical community (1:02:07), the positive implications of increasing cultural diversity in medicine (1:07:55), and the COVID-19 vaccine (1:15:17). 

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Tyrell and Daphne 

7:55 - BhD “Oh Lawd” 

24:37 - Introduction of Topic 

1:22:32 - Words of Encouragement from Dr. Ledet

1:25:14 - Tyrell and Daphne reflect on the interview