“People sometimes think that like having had like, you know having had a Black president like changes people like attitudes towards it doesn’t, so…being in med school has made it…ya know, I feel like this is not the first time that I’ve been in like in a white space where I went to graduate school at Georgia Tech, but I feel like it’s been probably the most eye-opening experience when it comes to like educating me about how racism works and how racism is communicated.”
Max Jordan is a medical student in my final year at the Yale University School of Medicine, in New Haven, CT. Prior to attending Yale, he worked as a researcher in the Merryman Mechanobiology lab at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, having earned a M.S. in Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, GA (2015) and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) at Howard University in Washington, DC (2013).
His previous experiences have shaped his academic and extracurricular interests related to medicine. In terms of research, he’s interested in improving the quality of care for people from marginalized and stigmatized groups. This has led him to develop a research thread in addiction medicine since his first year of medical school. Max also interested in how residential and occupational environmental exposures shape people’s health (see civil & environmental engineering background!), and in identifying key levers that can be activated as buffers against the effects of climate change and environmental racism. This has led him to research associations between access to nature and health outcomes, most notably, hypertension in pregnancy, a leading cause of maternal mortality.
In his free time, he hosted and produced a podcast titled “Flip the Script,” focused on elucidating mechanisms behind observed health inequities, and highlighting the work of scholars, physicians and community health workers who make it their priority to address said inequities. He also write about racism in medical education based on personal experiences and observations. These observations have led to me developing a budding research interest in healthcare workforce diversity.
Max likes getting around on his bike and appreciate efficient public transit. Playing tennis is my absolute favorite thing to do.”