social concepts except through Philosophy and Ethics? doing ourselves a grave injustice, creating divisions that could possibly This could not be further from the truth. When talking about this, he spoke in a very fast, uncontrollable way and did not doubt these ideas at all. don’t learn much in school apart from how black people were oppressed. Currently, STEM classes are being given top priority in American education while the humanities are pushed to the side like yesterday's meatloaf. you look at STEM, you must also look at the physicists, biologists, geologists On interviewing him, he exhibited delusions of grandeur, concrete thinking, flight of ideas, pressured speech, auditory second person hallucinations and lack of insight. Implicit racist bias and the effect on health outcomes. Patients engaging in such behaviour will be issued a “sports-style disciplinary yellow card” as a warning and any continuation will lead to a ‘red card’ in which a patient will be removed from the hospital as soon as safely possible. pounds invested in space exploration that could instead be used on earth. I think it's so important to have faith in your own work and then from there everything else will fall into place. Edited by Omolara Akinnawonu, By By Nana Asafu-Adjaye. By Monique Wheatle. research, the extent to which goals for research are efficiently met and whether I will not make a judgement on whether STEM vs Humanities funding is currently balanced the way it should be. I write this open letter to my younger, student, self and other medical students (both current and future) to say this. “The truth is both views are wrong.” We live in a country that is confident. This journey was not an easy one AT ALL. The Humanities subjects include English, history, government, theology, philosophy, languages, and art among others. I want to use this opportunity to help people acknowledge that sometimes your ideas won't always be met with open arms however don’t let that get you down. Three months ago I had only just written my finals, celebrated with travel, well, I came home to a different world than when I stepped on the plane to leave. I have multiple outlets which give me a breather and allow me to enjoy myself outside of medicine. Fortunately, many NHS staff from a BME background are realising the fact that discrimination and racism from patients is unacceptable and are finding the confidence to report it. To some, STEM is viewed as cold and apathetic, whilst These topics It is therefore common that there is a financial pressure on graduate students, which is why many have a year out prior to beginning the course in order to save. And businesses have increasingly asked for workers with STEM or more general technical skills. The intersectionality of mental health and race is an important aspect to be considered as there is a wealth of evidence that being of African or Asian origin is associated with poorer mental health outcomes. to want to improve lives and make a beneficial impact on human society. We are here to answer any queries you may have. With the resurgence of the BLM campaign alongside the protests happening in Africa, Black History Month is especially important this year, despite it being difficult to celebrate our success whilst enduring hardship. These days will be written about in the history books and we are living through them. The humanities include fields like ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, philosophy, literature, and more. Humanities majors are at the butt of the career jokes. Many people we’re unaware of the need for ‘Mind the Gap’ and it almost felt like I was creating unnecessary agendas and given the political climate of the world in 2020 many people felt entitled to try and stifle our attempts. What’s more, these unemployment rates and starting salaries are rather uniform from school to school, whereas in the humanities, your undergrad alma mater matters a LOT. STEM classes refer to science, math, engineering, and technology. It doesn’t seem to be just staff though, as medical students have also been calling out the microaggressions that they experience on placement – some reporting being called “golliwog” and made to feel inferior, without any reaction from members of staff3. The times I cried because I didn’t get any offers to study medicine? The educational system has pushed scads of STEM programs, in elementary schools and even earlier. Hi, my name is Malone and I'm a third year medical student at St Georges University of London. Take hope and comfort in where you are now, for it is preparing you for where you might be tomorrow. I never had a concrete reason why, but I would say I’m quite an intuitive person, and my spirit just took to medicine, it fit for me. MIT is known around the world as a bastion of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), so it may surprise—and hopefully please—many to learn that the university believes the arts and humanities are essential elements of an MIT education, says Deborah K. Fitzgerald, a professor of history and dean I hope that this illness does not throw him off his trajectory but instead can be used as fuel for his aspirations. Who will write future great films and literature? Yet, as a STEM student myself, I understand an opinion LESSON #1: Even When Things Are Going Great, Don’t Get Comfortable, In Year 11, I did 10 GCSE’s and managed to get: 4A’s 2A*, 3B’s and a C in Physics which to this dayyyy still baffles me, the subject just has me like. Also, the funding for the Graduate Entry Course is substantially different to the undergraduate course. What is to blame? "Oh the humanity!" “28.5% of NHS staff said they had experienced harassment, bullying, or abuse from patients, relatives, or members of the public within the last 12 months”1. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.’ Our pain and struggles continue to be overlooked and this is very much evident with the death of Breonna Taylor. This speaks to a broader point: the whole question of whether a student should choose Stem versus the humanities, or a vocational course versus a liberal arts … However, have you ever wondered what contributions our own have come. In contrast to racially concordant consultations (physician and patient of the same race), racially discordant consultations have been recorded as being less positive, and have been characterised by less patient trust, less effort invested into building of patient physician relationship and less joint decision making (Johnson R et al., 2004)(Cooper L et al.,2003)(Simonoff L, 2006)(Koerber et al., 2004). Where does art come into play in a STEM filled world? For the first year, it requires a contribution of over three thousand pounds, and in subsequent years you get a combination of student finance and the NHS bursary which is usually less than your previous student finance loan. I believe the foundations of our past must be brought to light, to not only black people but the world. This further affirmed that mental health can affect anybody. STEM subjects are part of the Humanities. Within the humanities, one can learn another language, which can open the window into a new culture, a new worldview.” If students are pushed into STEM with no opportunity of broader studies, they are confined to a reality with no past, present nor future. Don’t wish away where you are now, because tomorrow might not be what you expect. Students today are told from the time they are in grade school that only by studying STEM subjects can they hope to expect a successful and meaningful career. Here’s a look at what the committee found about grading by department, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields vs. humanities. They are forced to exist in a world without individualism, dialogue or conflict. “How else could we determine and Edited by Omolara Akinnwonu, By By Dr Rumbi. Every individual is just that, an individual. The term STEM, which is bandied about, has the strength of a gospel. or, "Why did you go to Berkeley for that?" Practice Business writes that “70% of surveyed trusts have reported an increase in such abuse”2. In November 2019, a leading Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon Mr Radhakrishna Shanbhag6 spoke very openly about being asked to be seen by his white colleague – and described feeling “worthless” and “unable to refuse” the patient’s request. Edited by Omolara Akinnawonu, By Tabitha Kusi- Yeboah. To most, a degree in Liberal Arts or Humanities is a wasted piece of paper and a job at a fast-food chain. These are devastating times and it can be so heart-breaking and overwhelming especially having to face it daily, the weight of this can be unbearable but it needs to be acknowledged. Medicine is all I have wanted to do since I was about 15. Alternatively, I'm going to use this platform to speak about the impacts that it has had thus far on both myself and the world. field that is losing its modern-day relevance, and STEM subjects more forward In this current environment of understaffed healthcare systems, time pressured consultations and routinized procedures, medical professionals still aim to maintain the intricate necessities which aid in enrichment of patient-physician relationships and interactions. inventor/creator. This could not be further from the truth. The rise of STEM majors and the decline of the humanities, then, could be a sign that colleges, schools, parents, an… It is easy to push aside the old and make way for the new, but when there is enough room for both, whom do we hurt? More on early provisional registration of final year medical students and its impact on medical students, Covid-19: medical schools given powers to graduate final year students early to help NHS, Joint statement: early provisional registration for final year medical students, Medical Students Are Not Essential Workers: Examining Institutional Responsibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Education, Earlier this year, I had a six-week placement in psychiatry and had the privilege interacting with many admirable psychiatrists who went above and beyond for their patients and with patients who kindly shared their stories and struggles with me. Support our journalism. Don’t wish away the experiences you are having, embrace the hurdles because they train you to jump higher. Well they led to me finding joy in Midwifery. Humanities majors are always citing anecdotal evidence, but empirical evidence demonstrates that STEM majors have lower unemployment and higher starting salaries. operations and several engineering disciplines. The summer has been quite hectic since I posted the work of Mind the gap on my Twitter page on the 18th of June 2020 as ‘Mind the Gap’ has been viewed over 100 million times with notable mentions from celebrities such as John Boyega, Lupita Nyonggo and Priyanka Chopra. Others see humanities as a field that is losing its modern-day relevance, and STEM subjects more forward thinking. The debate about the superiority of one or the other goes back centuries, and it remains heated and often polarizing today – in academia, in professional settings, and … This has led to a great amount of attention surrounding my name. These majors look deeper into varied texts that affect media, culture, society, literature, and politics. Adversity as a black woman is nothing new; our hair, character and sexuality are constantly scrutinised but when it comes to our safety and the way we are treated people are not concerned in the slightest. This message is for anybody who may have an idea but is almost holding themselves back due to fear of not being accepted. Edited by Omolara Akinnawonu, By Malone Mukwende. Have too much fiber without and protein and you may not be able to get out of the bathroom! While humanities are essential for engineers and scientists, STEM is equally important for arts and humanities students as well. In April 2020, my wish came true. There were times in the previous years where I just wished I was finished; I wished I was graduating already. Sound familiar? It may be of little surprise therefore, that implicit racist bias has been pinpointed as responsible to some extent for the disparity in health care outcomes between minority and non-minority ethnic groups. As a student who is just trying to do something positive this of course would get me down, however one thing that I knew is that change will always be met with resistance. The popularity of Humanities majors is declining. “STEAM” represents STEM plus the arts – humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process. An apparent myth is leading many millenials to believe that specific degrees guarantee income and job security. There are strengths and advantages that a degree in fields such as History, Linguistics, and Political Science hold that STEM degrees do not. Not every Software Engineer is successful, and not every Philosophy major is unemployed. In Namibia, there are protests against sexual and gender-based violence and there's currently a holocaust going on in Congo. 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