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I woke up at 3 a.m. recently worried about Jane, an unvaccinated colleague. Jane is efficient, kind, and compassionate, and she’s wonderful to patients, staff, and students. With the increase in the numbers of the delta variant of COVID-19, I’ve been losing sleep. Most of us in medicine have a little post-traumatic stress from the March/April 2020 COVID-19 surge.   As of the end of June 2021, Jane had been hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine Read More

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Editors’ Note:  At the 2021 graduation ceremony for Montefiore’s Moses-Weiler Internal Medicine program, graduate Omar Moussa, M.D. shared a poem about the extraordinary circumstances his class faced due to COVID-19. What follows is that poem, titled, “Graduation 2021 – Monte Made.” Where else can we start but with the elephant in the room, An elephant morphed Read More

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I have always thought that one of my main purposes in life is to make other people’s life journeys easier. This was especially true whenever the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” arose. Growing up, I’d thought of four possibilities: being a chef, a journalist, a scientist, or a teacher Read More

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The number and scope of COVID-19 “passports” and certificates are increasing. The purpose of these emerging digital documents is to certify that the holder has been fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for emergency use by drug regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medical Read More

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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence has launched the inaugural National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week, which will take place from June 17 through June 23, 2021. Research has shown that cancer awareness can help lower cancer mortality rates and increase life expectancy for all racial and ethnic groups, including Black Americans Read More

Elise V. Mike, M.D./Ph.D.

Social justice has been woven into the fabric of Albert Einstein College of Medicine since the institution opened its doors to everyone, regardless of gender, race, or creed, in 1955. I chose to pursue my M.D./Ph.D. training at Einstein because of its mission to improve health through scientific and clinical excellence and community engagement. Though Read More