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Continuing Medical Education

Racial Justice: Transforming Academic Medicine During the Pandemic

Dr. Susana Morales
Director, Weill Cornell Medicine Diversity Center of Excellence
Vice Chair for Diversity, Weill Department of Medicine

Friday, October 7, 2022
Weill Cornell Medical College
Uris Auditorium and Zoom
Joseph Habboushe, M.D. ’06, Course Director
Melissa Frey, M.D. ’08, M.S. ’22, Course Co-Director

Identified Practice Gaps/Identified Needs
Diversity throughout medicine – from clinical workers, to executive leaders, to the medical education establishments – is an essential component to achieve equity. Many medical schools have developed pipeline programs for students, and mentoring and career-development programs for faculty, to help achieve equity, and promote careers in medicine and research among those from underrepresented in medicine (URMs). However, and somewhat surprisingly, despite many of these efforts, faculty representation of URMs remain exceedingly low, and when adjusted by demographic changes, URMs may actually be more under represented than they were a decade ago.

Providing practicing clinicians and medical educators with the recognition of the initial goals of such URM programs, the existing programs' successes and failures, and persistent implicit biases that still exist, will help inform these individuals at counteracting such biases throughout all aspects of academic medicine.
Despite efforts to diversify academic medical establishments over the last decade and a half, faculty representation of URMs remains exceedingly low: 5.5% are Latinx, 3.6% are Black, and just 0.2% Native or Alaskan American [Guevara et al]. When correcting for demographic shifts in the United States, this represents an even worse under-representation than we had 10 years ago. While there is no consensus on how to measure success in diversity efforts, many of the previous strategies have shown limited success, or have even been outlawed through recent court rulings. However, there are several approaches that have shown success, and have more promise. Distinguishing which programs are successful from those that have not been, will inform the CME learner how to best counteract existing biases and help achieve equity in academic medicine.

Targeted Audience
The target audience for this CME activity includes all graduates of Weill Cornell Medical College.

Objectives/Desired Needs
By the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to list barriers to underrepresented in medicine students entering the field of medicine, list challenges and success factors for underrepresented students and physicians in academic medicine, and describe potential strategies for achieving racial justice and equity at Weill Cornell Medicine and in academia, in general.

Disclosure of Relationships/Content Validity
It is the policy of Weill Cornell Medical College to adhere to the ACCME Criteria, Policies and New Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education and to ensure all content is valid in order to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its provided activities. All speakers, Course Directors, Co-Course Directors, planners, reviewers, and staff members participating in provided activities are expected to disclose relevant financial relationships pertaining to their contribution to the activity. Relationship information is analyzed to determine whether conflicts of interest exist. All conflicts of interest are resolved prior to participation in the planning or implementation of this activity. Presenters and authors are also expected to disclose any discussion of (1) off-label or investigational uses of FDA approved commercial products or devices or (2) products or devices not yet approved in the United States. All disclosures will be made at the time of this activity.

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements
Weill Cornell Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Weill Cornell Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.