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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, MD, Course Director

Melissa Frey, MD, 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.

WCMC CME activities are intended to be evidence-based and free of commercial bias.  If you have any concerns, please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at 646-962-6931 to anonymously express them.

 

Course Director

Joseph Habboushe, M.D.

  • Co-founder/CEO: MD Aware, LLC
  • All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Course Co-Director 

Melissa Frey, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Course Faculty

Rachel Abramson

  • Has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Rana Abualsaud, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Joseph Habboushe, M.D.

  • Co-founder/CEO: MD Aware, LLC
  • All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Melissa Frey, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Susanna Morales, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

 

Planning Committee

Rachel Abramson

  • Has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Rana Abualsaud, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Melissa Frey, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Joseph Habboushe, M.D.

  • Co-founder/CEO: MD Aware, LLC
  • All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Wasif Islam

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Susan Pannullo, M.D.

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Kavita Patel

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Raul Pino, NP

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

Course Coordinator

Emily Snyder

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services

CME Staff

  • Has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
  • Will not be discussing the off-label or investigational use of products or services 

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(s)™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Evaluation

The CME Evaluation Form is included in your syllabus.  Completed forms will be collected at the door at the end of this activity.  We encourage you to complete the Evaluation Form as this will allow us to assess the degree to which the activity met its objectives.  It will also guide the planning of future activities and inform decisions about improving the educational program.

WCMC is accessible for individuals with disabilities or special needs.  Participants with special needs are requested to contact the Office of CME at 646-962-6931.