Y’all! In less than 1 week, the first of hopefully many #HDPHumpDay drops will happen!


@ash_mcmullenMD and I are nervous + excited + + grateful + ready (which pretty much sums up how we feel every day as academic physicians. 😂)

Here’s what you can expect. . .
1. A glimpse of the interaction between 2 Black women physicians & friends being their entire selves and uplifting one another.

2. Stuff we learned or are learning.

3. A story of the week then us unpacking it.

4. A whole lot of unfiltered #BlackWomanMagic.

Yes indeed!
Our first #HDPHumpDay will kick off with 3 (!) episodes for the price of 1 (which is #free btw!😂)

👊🏽Ep 1: #BlackWomanMagic Intro to us (and our hair)
👊🏽 Ep 2: “Oh, you work here?”
👊🏽 Ep 3: “Some people just don’t like pizza.”

Mmm hmmmm, chile. Intrigued, ain’t you?
Admittedly? That’s about all we can tell you. Because a lot of this will unfold as we do it (also like our careers as academic physicians.😂)

That said:

Nope. It’s not a journal club or a case conference. But we do believe that stories are essential to #MedEd, too.

We do.
Our hope? No matter who you are or how you identify, you’ll see a bit of yourself in us.

So mark your podcast calendars & consider joining our moms and BFFs as listeners. 😂

If you dig it? Subscribe & tell a friend. If don’t, that’s cool, too. . . .
. . . ‘cause some folks just don’t like pizza. 🍕

Seeeee? You have to listen to get that context! 😂😂

Coming June 9, 2021 to your podcast platforms. . . let’s GO!

#HumanDoctorPodcast #BlackWomanMagic #BeatsbyChuma
#CreateWhatYouCrave #counterthenarrative

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