Sojourns® Scholar: Dr. Cardinale Smith
- Oncologist and Palliative Medicine Physician at Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
- Project: The Role of Implicit Bias on Outcome of Minority Patients with Advanced Cancer
In evaluating the relationship between an oncologist’s implicit bias and racial/ethnic disparities much of the focus has been on describing the problem. In addition, when interventions for improving the care of minority patients is identified, dissemination of this information is often slow or non-existent.
With the goal of moving beyond description and into implementation, Dr. Cardinale Smith’s project will evaluate the association between oncologists’ implicit bias during discussions about advance cancer treatment and their resulting assessment of pain, and pain control, among these patients. In the future, Dr. Smith hopes to use the information obtained during this program to generate feasibility data that better informs organizations and drives culture change.
“Ultimately, I aspire to help shape and influence national policy regarding the most effective means of delivering quality and culturally appropriate palliative care that better supports populations that are most in need,” said Cardinale Smith MD
To learn more about Dr. Smith and her project with the Sojourns Scholarship Leadership Program, watch this video.
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