New Books in Medical Sociology
What do psychedelics, international medical graduates, and the pelvic exam have in common? New books about the sociology of professions in medicine! On Sunday, August 9, three assistant professors discussed their recently published books: Dr. Danielle Giffort (Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy, U Minnesota), Dr. Tania Jenkins (Doctors' Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession, Columbia University), and Dr. Kelly Underman (Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training, NYU). Each author presented a short summary, followed by a facilitated discussion led by Dr. Joanna Kempner.
About the Panelists:
Danielle Giffort, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of liberal arts at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where she is also affiliated with the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Her research focuses on the politics of health and social movements. Her next book project examines the history of drug education in the United States.
Tania Jenkins, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on how and why status hierarchies are (re)produced in the medical profession, and how they impact both doctors and patients. She was the recipient of the medical sociology section’s 2015 Louise Johnson Scholar award and the 2017 Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award. She is an executive board member of the Sociology of Health Professions Education Collaborative.
Kelly Underman, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and the center for science, technology, and society at Drexel University. She studies emotional socialization in medical education. She was the recipient of the 2015 Simmons Award from the Medical Sociology section of ASA and is a co-founder and executive board member of the Sociology of Health Professions Education Collaborative.
Joanna Kempner, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research addresses topics at the intersection of science, medicine, and inequality. Her book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health (Chicago 2014) received the 2016 Friedson Award from the Medical Sociology section of ASA.
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Thanks to Grace Franklyn (UNC Chapel Hill) for moderating the Zoom Room!
ASA 2020: Power, Inequality, and Resistance in Health Professions
This year at ASA, Kelly Underman and Alexandra Vinson organized an invited thematic session on power, inequality and resistance in health professions. They were joined by four panelists, Lauren D. Olsen, PhD (Temple University); stef m. shuster, PhD (Michigan State University); Clare L. Stacey, PhD (Kent State University); and LaTonya Trotter, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Read on for a short description of the panel. You can access the session recordings and transcript at the link below.
Like pretty much everyone else at ASA, Kelly and I conceived the idea for this panel before COVID-19 hit the world earlier this year. Our impetus for organizing a panel on the topic of power, inequality and resistance in health professions was our shared work on medical training and changing standards of medical work. In recent decades we’ve seen major transformations to healthcare work in the US. For-profit healthcare industries exert considerable control over the provision of healthcare, demanding efficiency and tracking health outcomes and satisfaction metrics. New professional mandates also increasingly include inter-professional collaboration, reconceptualizing the healthcare provider and the healthcare team.
These structural and organizational changes have important implications for the provision of healthcare, as well as implications for how health professions prepare the next generation of workers. Our panelists today examine healthcare work, professional training and medical knowledge from a range of professional perspectives: nurse practitioners, palliative care providers, the expertise of trans medicine providers, and medical students. In doing so, they will help us see how power, inequality and resistance are taking shape in the health professions today.
By highlighting research on inequalities that emphasizes the everyday racialized and gendered experiences of trainees and patients, a goal of this panel is to increase our understanding of mechanisms of the reproduction of professional cultures that, at different points in the training process, contribute to durable inequalities in professional work. By drawing attention to healthcare workers’ forms of resistance, our goal is to establish links between professional work and traditional labor organizing. With this session we want to advance the conversation beyond conventional measures of inequality to a focus on the social processes that maintain and challenge inequality in professions.
To access the recording, follow this link: https://drexel.zoom.us/rec/share/x5IvI5jR10BIU43jsh70c6l9M6j3eaa8h3QW-vBczUlKqECTISnzKkQ9F-PSHToV
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To access the transcript, click here.