24. Gita Pensa MD - Model Minority Microagressions and the Super Power of Mindfulness


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In the American healthcare industry, gender and ethnicity-based biases are prevalent. Women physicians and ethnic minorities often experience discrimination not only from patients but also from their own colleagues. These microaggressions can cause anxiety and depression, impacting doctors’ work and life and eventually leading to burnout.

Returning to our show is Dr. Gita Pensa, an emergency room physician, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University, speaker, and podcast host. Coming from a family of immigrants, Dr. Pensa has faced racial discrimination as a young child, and even as a professional she is sometimes treated differently. But with her wit and courage, she has proven herself capable to weather any storm.

Listen as she gives us another fascinating and empowering story of resilience and grit.

“You just sort of get to this point where if you amass enough confidence, if you don't suffer from imposter syndrome, if you have enough people that believe in you, and you believe in yourself, then whatever these things are meaningless.” - Dr. Gita Pensa


  • (02:18) Sexism and racism in healthcare
  • (09:32) Examples of microaggression
  • (16:28) A family of immigrants
  • (27:19) Dr. Gita’s experiences of discrimination
  • 32:26) Superpower against microaggression
  • (35:29) Fundamental attribution error


Connect with Dr. Pensa

Twitter: @GitaPensaMD https://twitter.com/GitaPensaMD?s=20

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gita-pensa-md-faaem-693557189/

Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/KEpnV6kW5Ow

Learn more about Dr. Dike and The Happy MD: https://linktr.ee/dikedrummond

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