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Esther Choo: Equality is good medicine

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 26 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3929
Duncan Smith


Esther Choo, 45, is associate professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. An Asian-American who grew up in Cleveland and qualified at Yale, Choo is a prominent champion of race and gender equality in medicine. She is active on Twitter and has started several popular campaigns including #thatsbias, highlighting women’s experiences in medicine, and #DoctorsSpeakOut, opposing Republican plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. She is also a founder of Equity Quotient, a company that measures detailed equity metrics in the healthcare workplace.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a writer. As young as 7, I remember wanting to tell stories and capture my feelings on paper. And each patient’s narrative is still my favourite part of medicine.

What was your best career move?

Deciding to go back after my clinical training to complete a research fellowship and a masters in public health degree. Having a bit of extra knowledge in research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology has allowed …

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