With it, I plan to share a relevant experience I've never publicly discussed and I will offer ideas of action steps.
I hope you'll to read this thread, share what's happened, and act.
Because I know these people. Defendants, plaintiffs, others mentioned. I've worked with some of them. I'm friends with some of them.
But here's the thing. I read the 174 page suit. Every page of it. And I am absolutely appalled.
This need our time and attention and thought and struggle.
The full 174 pages are here: sciencemag.org/sites/default/…
(All the background runs through page 123, the rest is the legal case)
Again, I highly recommend you read it all but if you're not convinced, do yourself a favor and go read pages 2-5: sciencemag.org/sites/default/…
People who had been at the institute were then demoted, given tasks unfit for their role, insulted directly, badmouthed behind their backs.
Basically, they couldn't be fired without cause, so work was made miserable for them. And so many quit.
Again, read it, each example is egregious in its own right.
You have my deepest admiration.
I am 25 year old 2nd year medical student.
I am 4 weeks away from taking Step 1, one of the biggest, most stressful tests for medical students.
I'm back at Sinai, after sometime with my mom who had major thoracic surgery.
Charney and Davis had assented to having a panel on drug access and innovation.
And disrespectful to our panelists who were traveling in just for this event.
I asked to speak to Charney and was told he would call me.
"DID YOU FUCKING TELL MY FUCKING SECRETARY THAT I CAN'T FUCKING ADD A FUCKING PANELIST TO A FUCKING PANEL A MY FUCKING MEDICAL SCHOOL."
How has Davis allowed Charney to remain at Sinai?
It is about ego, arrogance, power, nepotism, careerism, ageism, sexism, dishonesty, power abuse, hierarchy, and enabling.
It about the plaintiffs' courage.
I think redemption is possible.
I think that often requires losing or letting go the power you have, reflecting and rehabilitating. Whether of your own volition or being forced to.
We need institutional reform within Sinai.
And the broader medical and academic and global health communities need to step up and address these issues within other institutions.
So I'm looking to you fellow dudes out there, especially ones in power.
Be good yourself and hold others to it too.
Please read this: sciencemag.org/sites/default/…
1) Sinai board drives a real diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative
2) Investigation into Charney, with real accountability
3) New governance structure at Sinai to include patients, community, and marginalized staff