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Oncology Overdrive

Aug 10, 2020

Narjust Duma, MD, is a thoracic oncologist, gender equity warrior and social media phenomenon. In this episode, we discuss recent events, microaggressions against women and people of color, and the beauty of diversity.

  • Intro :14
  • About Duma :18
  • Jain’s history with Duma 2:08
  • The interview 3:09
  • How did you start getting into this specific work where you started doing research looking at the gender disparities that exist in oncology? 6:09
  • Jain anecdote on conforming to gender standards that changed her personality 10:17
  • Microaggression against women in power in the workplace and gender-based language 16:45
  • Duma’s anecdote about cheese and the beauty of diversity 22:15
  • Journal of Vascular Surgery’s controversial article on professional behavior 24:12
  • Patients want their doctors to be human beings, not robots 29:40
  • Duma’s thoughts on the #MedBikini movement, gender equity and intersectionality 31:50
  • Duma on minority women being reluctantly volunteered to fix issues with gender inequalities and ethnic and racial inequalities 35:28
  • Duma anecdote on the importance of the bystander effect on treating microaggressions 39:10
  • The importance of positive feedback and giving of self for others 41:50
  • Anecdotes on food and how it equates to living life 45:10
  • Duma on using your challenges and discouragements to fuel your motivation 49:01
  • Duma’s pearls 52:48
  • How to find Duma 53:18

Narjust Duma, MD, is an assistant professor and thoracic oncologist at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health and the co-founder of Latinas in Medicine.


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We’d love to hear from you! Send your comments/questions to Dr. Jain at Dr. Narjust Duma can be reached at @NarjustDumaMD. Follow us on Twitter @HemOncToday @ShikhaJainMD

Disclosures: Duma reports consulting for AstraZeneca and Inivata, Inc. Jain reports she is a paid freelance writer for Lippincott.