Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) diversity, equity, and inclusion series: Microaggressions - Lessons Learned from Black Academic Surgeons

Paris D. Butler, Steven D. Wexner, Yewande R. Alimi, Daniel L. Dent, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Nancy L. Gantt, Fabian M. Johnston, Carla M. Pugh

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Abstract

Background: Microaggressions can target individuals based on a variety of differences and these can include sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or personal traits and are often disruptors in the healthcare setting. Methods: To address this issue, The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) convened a series of presentations and a panel discussion by leaders from SBAS regarding the issue of microaggressions in the surgical workplace. This program was part of a monthly diversity, equity, and inclusion series produced by the Advances in Surgery Channel in alliance with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Yewande Alimi addresses microaggressions in surgical training, Dr. Fabian Johnston talks about microaggressions in the black male physician, Dr. Lola Fayanju speaks to microaggressions and the black female surgeon, Dr. Carla Pugh discusses microaggressions in the surgical workplace, and Dr. Paris Butler presents on allyship, policies, and real solutions. Results: Specifically, through the lens of the Black surgeon experience, SBAS leaders candidly articulate and elaborate on microaggressions’ pervasiveness and the deleterious impact on the profession. Authentic opinions are rendered and constructive techniques to mitigate this challenge are provided. The concept of majority allyship is also introduced, and recommendations on how this can be operationalized is also examined. Conclusions: There are a lot of experiences that contribute to our understanding of microaggressions. We look forward to finding new ways to partner with our allies and continuing the conversation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-148
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume225
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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