The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Decreasing Bias with Tech – Lessons from an NFL Cardiologist

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Aubrey Grant, a trailblazing clinical sports cardiologist and co-founder of Equity Commons. They discuss the rising cases of cardiac arrest among athletes and how medics can tackle implicit bias in healthcare. 

  • [00:45] Introducing Dr. Aubrey Grant
  • [03:50] The Journey to Medicine
  • [05:28] Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Athletes
  • [07:35] Why We All Need to Learn Basic CPR
  • [08:52] Bias Training at Equity Commons
  • [13:54] Be Open to Trying New Things
  • [16:50] The Benefits of Having a Personal Board of Directors
  • [20:55] What Dr. Grant Would Change About Healthcare
  • [22:49] Advice For Medical Students on Addressing Implicit Bias
  • [26:44] Parting Thoughts

Implicit Bias in Healthcare

The medical profession aims to provide equal treatment for all patients. Unfortunately, disparities will always exist. We all come from different cultural backgrounds, and we all carry biases. Implicit biases are the ones people are unaware of. You may think you’re treating everyone equally, but your implicit bias may cause unconscious negative actions towards a particular group of people.

According to Dr. Grant, everybody is susceptible to these biases. Among physicians, implicit biases may contribute to healthcare disparities and produce different medical outcomes for people along the lines of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. 

The Rising Cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Among Athletes

The ever-rising cases of cardiac arrest among athletes are alarming. Athletes are often at the epitome of health and fitness, so you’d expect them to have no heart problems. But the truth is, even the most finely-tuned athletes are not immune to sudden cardiac arrest. 

The big question is, why is this happening? Dr. Grant is convinced there’s no single answer, as various factors are in play. The good news is that there is still hope. And it all starts with everybody learning basic CPR, particularly in Black and Brown communities. CPR is not just a life-saving skill for medical professionals. It’s that one superpower that everybody must possess. Learning it can mean the difference between life and death. 

You can reach Dr. Aubrey Grant through her Instagram account: @aubjgrantmd and LinkedIn Aubrey J. Grant M.D. Check out his website for more details about his work and implicit bias. 

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Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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