Last week, two manuscripts co-authored by Simar Bajaj ‘20 were published in medical journals “Nature Medicine” and “The Lancet.” The “Nature Medicine” piece covered the widespread attempts to suppress voting rights and why medical professionals “champion patients’ right to vote to protect health and deracinate inequitable medical practices, building on the efforts of organizations such as VotER and VoteHealth 2020.” Bajaj, along with co-authors and medical doctors Alister Francois Martin and Fatima Cody Stanford, goes into detail about why protecting voting rights is a health issue and therefore needs the support of healthcare professionals.
For “The Lancet,” Bajaj, Dr. Stanford and Lucy Tu published a piece on the historical and continued racism and misogyny faced by Black women medical professionals, including the outsized scrutiny and expectations placed upon them. “Black women physicians are simultaneously considered superhuman, but never enough. We suggest this double bind leads to a sense of disquietude as Black women’s identity conflicts with their success,” the authors argue. They go on to express support for measures such as implementing diversity, equity and inclusion work as a requirement for promotion.
Bajaj previously worked with Dr. Stanford to publish a piece on the link between systemic racism and reluctance in Black communities to accept COVID-19 vaccines.