Massachusetts Medical Society: Reflecting on Health Disparities and Moving Towards Antiracism in Medicine

Reflecting on Health Disparities and Moving Towards Antiracism in Medicine

Reflecting on Health Disparities

Course Overview
The role of racism in the history of modern medicine is unpleasant and difficult to discuss.  These chapters, however, continue to have an impact on disparities in health outcomes in the US and must be addressed head on if our goal is to provide excellent and equitable care for all patients.  While the social determinants of health that are related to income and education are more often discussed, the impact of the construct of race must also be called out and addressed explicitly. This webinar (previously recorded on October 21, 2020) explores the history of racism in medicine and discusses combatting racist ideas, messages and stereotypes, and providing more consciously equitable care.  

Khama Ennis, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Chief, Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff, Cooley Dickinson Health Care

Intended Audience
This activity is designed for health care leaders, physicians, residents, other health care professionals and students in all health care professions..


  • Describe some of the history of racism in medicine and how it has impacted population health.
  • Combat racist ideas, messages, and stereotypes as an active process.
  • Provide care that is more consciously equitable.

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: Free
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: Free
Non-Members Resident/Student: Free
Allied Health Professional/Other: Free

Format & Estimated Time to Complete: Video/1 hour

Accreditation and Credit Information
Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Activity Term
Original Release Date: November 16, 2020
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: November 16, 2023

Course Developers, Reviewers & Web Producer:
Jane E. Gagne, Manager, Accreditation and Education Compliance, NEJM Group Education
Cathy Salas, Manager, Regional Outreach, MMS Regional Outreach & Association Management
Thelma Tatten, Web Content Production Specialist, NEJM Group Education

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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