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Voices of DEI: Elizabeth Prsic, MD

November 10, 2021

Introducing Elizabeth Prsic, MD, of the Section of Medical Oncology and of Palliative Care.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you personally?

That is a complicated question, but to me it's about raising all of us up to contribute at our highest level to benefit others, whether it be patient care, Yale University, our homes, our communities, our world. I think we all benefit from a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.

Why do you value diversity?

There is strength in diversity, and representation matters both in terms of meaning and outcomes.

Why should an academic setting be equal and inclusive?

Because I feel academics, especially at a leading institution such as Yale, has a responsibility to set standards and examples for others. Also, academics are a powerful means to not only view and study the past, but also to envision and shape the future.

Why are you on the diversity committee?

Because I think my voice matters, and I want to contribute to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution.

What do you look forward to most?

Making sustainable, meaningful change.

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Internal Medicine knows that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to our mission; aims to provide a safe, welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds results in beneficial diversity of thought; and believes that having a diverse team enhances our ability to provide excellent clinical care, research, and medical education.

Submitted by Amy Anderson on November 10, 2021