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Alex Gertner
MD-PhD candidate / fellow / immigrant 🇧🇷 / 🐕 dad. Own views 👀.
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Alex Gertner 9h
Replying to @ashkenegro
I recently had a similar experience in Spain as a Jew. It was especially disturbing because tourist sites didn't seem to offer much historical context and religious minorities didn't seem visible in everyday life.
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Alex Gertner Jan 16
Because of MD/PhD wackiness, my stipend went up by 50% starting this month. Here's what I have splurged on: a photography book, a bound copy of my dissertation, dental insurance.
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Uché Blackstock, MD Jan 16
I wrote this deeply personal piece and I chose bravery over fear. My OpEd in today’s about why I left my faculty position in academia last month and what losing Black faculty means for our students and patients.
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Alex Gertner Jan 14
Replying to @coreysdavis
That's very kind Corey. I'm happy to commit to the $50, though I don't look forward to looking into these faces and telling them we can't afford the nice Gouda this month.
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Alex Gertner Jan 14
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Alex Gertner Jan 14
Replying to @coreysdavis
I believe in work too Corey. I know we're both working every day for a more just country. I can't help hoping and despairing at the same time. I'm happy to commit to donating. But please keep in mind I'm raising two dogs on a graduate student salary.
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Alex Gertner Jan 14
Replying to @lipiroy
I agree. The most qualified candidate in history was up against one of the least qualified. Hard to imagine a better test of our biases.
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Alex Gertner Jan 14
After almost 250 years as a country, I don't know if the American electorate is willing to elect a woman for president. If it isn't, then I don't have much hope for us, regardless of who we do elect.
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Ethan Brown Jan 14
Asked about a man who was slumped over unconscious in his jail's common room for 14 minutes until staff started CPR, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden said that sometimes incarcerated people "play possum."
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Alex Gertner Jan 13
I know these predatory journal emails are fake but I still sometimes feel guilty for not responding 🙁
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
Cristina & Chico Buarque "Sem Fantasia" & "Com Açúcar, Com Afeto" 1968
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
Replying to @gertner_alex
3/ The apparent absence of historical context at tourist sites & of religious minorities in everyday life was disturbing. As a Brazilian Jew living in the US, I have to believe that we're better &richer when we see, respect & celebrate our differences. The wheel of history turns.
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
Replying to @gertner_alex
2/ The unspoken signs of centuries of exile, repression and murder were also everywhere. The charming narrow medieval streets (in Seville called "kissing street") are remnants of Muslim & Jewish ghettos. The Catholic church has not returned to Jews a historical Toledo synagogue.
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
1/ Visiting Spain as a Jew was bittersweet, a reminder of the best & the worst people are capable of. There were vast spans of time when Muslims,Jews & Christians lived in peace alongside each other. It was so moving to see masterful Islamic artistry inside churches & synagogues.
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
On that point, this is anthropological study of quantitative health researchers that draws out that tension of "objectivity" and political advocacy. I think reality is a bit more complicated than article presents but brings to focus uncomfortable truths.
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Gregg Gonsalves Jan 12
And this is the main point of my class: we have to do these studies well, replicate when we can, and hold ourselves to higher standards when we're wading into the politics of health. We don't want to generate propaganda, but clarify and understand how policies affect health.
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
Replying to @ProfMattFox
Roll the dice, wait three months to see where you landed.
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
Replying to @gregggonsalves
Thank you Gregg. That's too kind. I would've loved to have taken this course especially from such a leader and scholar.
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Gregg Gonsalves Jan 12
As promised here's my syllabus: Week 1: Social Justice, Social Epidemiology and Causal Inference (January 15th) et al. Politics, policies and population health. (2013). Social Science & Medicine. 2013(93):176-9. 1/
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Alex Gertner Jan 12
What an amazing resource!
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