Date: September 11th, 2017

Guest Skeptic: Dr. Esther Choo is an emergency physician and researcher who studies health disparities, substance use disorders, and gender bias. She obtained her MD from Yale University, did her clinical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and completed a health services research fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

This is an SGEM Xtra so we will not be doing a structured critical review of a recent paper trying to cut the knowledge translation window down for over ten years to less than one year using the power of social media. The next episode of the SGEM will be a formal critical appraisal of a recent publication.

Esther recently sent shockwaves through the twitterverse with a series of tweets after the incident in Charlottesville. I reached out to Esther because she was a Super Hero of Emergency Medicine and asked her to be a guest on the SGEM.

The Ten Tweets

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Five Questions for Esther

  1. Why did you tweet?Esther Choo
  2. What has the feedback been?
  3. Has there been any negative feedback?
  4. How do you think people should respond when faced with racism, ageism, genderism, etc?
  5. Would you do it all again?


Listen to the podcast on iTunes to hear Esther discuss these questions with me. For more information about FeminEM you can go to their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Esther was asked to pick her own theme music for the episode. Listen to the SGEM podcast on iTunes to hear why she picked Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.

More Media on the Twitter Storm

  • Independent – White patients ‘refusing to be treated by Asian American doctor twitter-logo
  • Oregon Live – Portland doctor Esther Choo responds to racism in the emergency room
  • Refinery 29– Asian-American Doctor Explains How She Deals With White Nationalists In The ER
  • The Sacramento Bee – Hate, even in the ER: Doctor says some refuse her treatment because of her race
  • The Hamilton Spectator  – Hate in the ER: Oregon doctor says some refuse her treatment because of her race

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine