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Lahia Yemane, MD

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Work and Education

Professional Education

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2010


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, 2013

Board Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics



All Publications

Upholding Our PROMISE: Underrepresented in Medicine Pediatric Residents' Perspectives on Interventions to Promote Belonging. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Yemane, L., Kas-Osoka, O., Burns, A., Blankenburg, R., Prakash, L. K., Poitevien, P., Schwartz, A., Lucas, C. T., Marbin, J. 2023


PURPOSE: Underrepresented in medicine (UIM) residents experience challenges during training that threaten their sense of belonging in medicine, therefore residency programs should intentionally implement interventions to promote inclusion and belonging. This study explored UIM pediatric residents' perspectives on current residency program measures designed to achieve this goal.METHOD: The authors conducted a secondary qualitative analysis as part of a national cross-sectional study, PROmoting Med-ed Insight into Supportive Environments (PROMISE), which explored pediatric residents' experiences and perspectives during training in relation to their self-identities. A 23-item web-based survey was distributed through the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Research Assessment Network from October 2020 to January 2021. Participants provided free-text responses to the question "What are current measures that promote a sense of belonging for the UIM community in your training program?" The authors used conventional content analysis to code and identify themes in responses from UIM participants.RESULTS: Of the 1,748 residents invited to participate, 931 (53%) residents from 29 programs completed the survey, with 167 (18%) identifying as UIM. Of the 167 UIM residents, 74 (44%) residents from 22 programs responded to the free-text question. The authors coded more than 140 unique free-text responses and identified 7 major themes: (1) critical mass of UIM residents; (2) focused recruitment of UIM residents; (3) social support, including opportunities to build community among UIM residents; (4) mentorship; (5) caring and responsive leadership; (6) education on health disparities, diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism; and (7) opportunities to serve, including giving back to the local community and near-peer mentorship of UIM premedical and medical students.CONCLUSIONS: This is the first national study to describe UIM pediatric residents' perspectives on interventions that promote a sense of belonging. Programs should consider implementing these interventions to foster inclusion and belonging among UIM trainees.

View details for DOI 10.1097/ACM.0000000000005443

View details for PubMedID 37643583

Building an Anti-Racist Department through an Experiential Department-Wide Anti-Racism Curriculum. Academic pediatrics Guerin, A., Lee, J., Floyd, B., Yemane, L., Fassiotto, M., Griffith, E., Blankenburg, R., Hilgenberg, S. L., Dali, S., De Araujo, M., Jones, K., Kuo, K., Rassbach, C. E. 2023

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.acap.2023.06.001

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Sparking a Movement, Not a Moment: Framework and Outcomes From a Pediatrics Department-Wide Coalition to Advance Anti-Racism ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS Yemane, L., Ramirez, M., Guerin, A., Floyd, B., Okorie, C. A., Ling, W., Addala, A., Figg, L., Talley, E. M., Chamberlain, L. 2023; 23 (5): 886-892
AIMS: Increasing Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Leadership. Journal of graduate medical education Yemane, L., Omoruyi, E., Poitevien, P., Blankenburg, R. 2022; 14 (3): 340-342

View details for DOI 10.4300/JGME-D-21-01015.1

View details for PubMedID 35754647

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Words Matter: Examining Gender Differences in the Language Used to Evaluate Pediatrics Residents ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS Gold, J. M., Yemane, L., Keppler, H., Balasubramanian, V., Rassbach, C. E. 2022; 22 (4): 698-704
Underrepresented in medicine in graduate medical education: Historical trends, bias, and recruitment practices. Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care Yemane, L., Omoruyi, E. 2021: 101088


Health inequities disproportionately impact children of color in the United States. Research demonstrates that a diverse physician workforce that reflects the demographic profile of the United States population has been associated with better health outcomes and physicians of color are more likely to work in communities that are medically underserved. Therefore, a key driver to reducing health inequities is recruiting a physician workforce that reflects the racial/ethnic composition of the population. Although efforts on increasing UIM applicants and matriculants into medical school and more recently, graduate medical education (GME) programs have shown some small successes, there has still not been significant change in decades. This narrative review examined the historical trends and current landscape of recruitment in GME to better understand the barriers and facilitators that continue to exist and identify successful interventions that might serve as a model to support recruitment of UIM applicants. There is evidence for racial disparities and bias in traditional residency selection metrics (USMLE, Clerkship Evaluations, MSPE, AOA status, etc.) and a need for more holistic recruitment strategies. Along with implementing new holistic recruitment practices, there is a need for ongoing research and collaboration to study inclusive and equitable learning environments and assessments that will eliminate racial disparities in educational outcomes. Additionally, there must be better longitudinal data utilization and transparency across Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) and National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for accountability and tracking of interventions.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cppeds.2021.101088

View details for PubMedID 34742662

Trends in Race/Ethnicity of Pediatric Residents and Fellows: 2007-2019. Pediatrics Montez, K., Omoruyi, E. A., McNeal-Trice, K., Mack, W. J., Yemane, L., Darden, A. R., Russell, C. J. 2021


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A diverse pediatric workforce reflecting the racial/ethnic representation of the US population is an important factor in eliminating health inequities. Studies reveal minimal improvements over time in the proportions of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) physicians; however, studies assessing trends in pediatric URiM trainee representation are limited. Our objective was to evaluate longitudinal trends in racial/ethnic representation among a cross-section of US pediatric trainees and to compare it to the US population.METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional study of graduate medical education census data on self-reported race/ethnicity of pediatric residents and subspecialty fellows from 2007 to 2019. To evaluate trends in URiM proportions over time , the Cochran-Armitage test was performed. Data on self-reported race/ethnicity of trainees were compared with the general population data over time by using US Census Bureau data.RESULTS: Trends in URiM proportions were unchanged in residents (16% in 2007 to 16.5% in 2019; P = .98) and, overall, decreased for fellows (14.2% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2019; P = .002). URiM fellow trends significantly decreased over time in neonatal-perinatal medicine (P < .001), infectious diseases (P < .001), and critical care (P = .006) but significantly increased in endocrinology (P = .002) and pulmonology (P = .009). Over time, the percentage of URiM pediatric trainee representation was considerably lower compared to the US population.CONCLUSIONS: The continued underrepresentation of URiM pediatric trainees may perpetuate persistent health inequities for minority pediatric populations. There is a critical need to recruit and retain pediatric URiM residents and subspecialty fellows.

View details for DOI 10.1542/peds.2020-026666

View details for PubMedID 34131043

Outcomes From a Novel Graduate Medical Education Leadership Program in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Journal of Graduate Medical Education Powell, C., Yemane, L., Brooks, M., Johnson, C., Alvarez, A., Bandstra, B., Caceres, W., Dierickx, Q., Thomas, R., Blankenburg, R. 2021; 13 (6): 774784