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Dereck Paul is a writer, health equity advocate, and an Internal Medicine Resident Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and studied the relationships between housing and health under his mentors at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. He was a 2018 Student National Medical Association David E. Satcher MD, PhD Health Disparities Research Fellow for his work mapping the role of structural racism in susceptibility to homelessness. He writes and speaks about health equity, healthcare policy, medical education, and the underrepresented medical trainee experience. His writing has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, and he was the winner of the 2019 Mary & Albert Lasker Foundation essay award. 

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