When Jennifer Rymer, MD, entered cardiology fellowship training at Duke in 2014, she was the only woman in her training class. Given the historically low number of women entering cardiology training programs in the U.S., this was unsurprising. Today, just 13 percent of practicing cardiologists in the U.S. are women while fewer than 6 percent of trainees are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (UREGs), which the American Association of Medical Colleges defines as Black, Hispanic, Latinx or Native American.
Fifty years since the National Cancer Act of 1971 declared “War on Cancer” and a decade since the first drug, an immunotherapy, was approved to treat metastatic melanoma, a leading clinician researcher goes head to head with melanoma brain metastasis.
Pursuing a career as a plastic surgeon has been a perfect fit for Sonali Biswas. Drawn to art at an early age, she would often sketch out human figures on paper, connecting bones and muscles with each scratch of her pencil or swipe of her paintbrush.