My conversation with Dr. Jen Lee started with an admission… the first six months of Planning on Call has lacked diversity. That is a problem and one I need to work on as I continue to try to provide young physicians with important information they need to know as they plan their future. Increasing diversity within the medical field (and financial field) needs to be a priority. Talented young physicians will inevitably end up in influential positions within their places of employment and communities, and diversity awareness is, therefore, a critical aspect of any physicians’ education and career planning. 

I would encourage you to listen to full interview of this episode of ‘Planning on Call,’ the podcast, here:

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With that said, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lee. Jen grew up in Upstate New York as a Korean-American immigrant and learned firsthand the inequities of our healthcare system for marginalized communities. From a young age, Jen was put in the position of becoming the language and cultural interpreter when her family members got sick, which is why it’s not entirely surprising that she has spent her adult life focused on social justice and public health. She has done this through her education, earning a Master’s in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Community Health & Health Policy, and her career as a Program Coordinator enhancing HIV care services in NYC, as a Director at the New York State Department of Health, and as a community organizer. 

Jen and I used our time to discuss many topics, but all centered on increasing diversity and understanding within the healthcare system. I will refrain from reinterpreting or even summarizing any of her comments because I believe they are best said by her. I highly encourage anyone interested in learning more about the very important mission of increasing diversity and understanding in healthcare to give this episode a listen. I have also included several great links from Jen and others below that further expand on the topics we covered in our conversation, offering opportunities for further training, education, and giving. 

Financial Planning too, and finance in general, is not known as a very diverse profession. This is not a problem unique to finance, or healthcare. As I mention in my conversation with Jen, we have work to do at Atlas as well. I appreciate Loni Lee, the mastermind of Planning on Call behind the scenes and any of the marketing you see coming out of Atlas, for putting me in touch with Jen. I also appreciate our senior leadership, at Atlas, for making diversity, an issue that is for the first time being openly discussed firm-wide. The last year has taught me, as I’m sure it has taught others, that we still have a lot to learn. I can’t provide much in the way of answers to the problems discussed with Jen, but I do believe step one is more conversations like these. 

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Additional Reading for Consideration from Episode 1 Guest, Dr. Elizabeth Arendt:

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