In The Know by Yahoo Honors: Joel Bervell

Medical Student

Age: 26

Hometown: Mukilteo, Washington

Joel Bervell isn’t your ordinary medical student. When he’s not hard at work studying towards his M.D., Bervell is on his social channels educating his followers and the public about racial disparities in medicine. He currently has over 391,000 followers on TikTok and more than 60,000 followers on Instagram. Some of his most popular content includes a video explaining why skin color in medical illustrations matters and an explainer on dermatology issues in Black skin versus white skin. Bervell’s work has been featured on Mashable, and he was named a TikTok top 2021 “Voice for Change.” You can read more about Bervell and his inspiring mission to educate here.

TikTok: @joelbervell

Instagram: @joelbervell

Twitter: @joelbervell


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