Reality Medicine

A program of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine

Reality Medicine

Reality Medicine discusses the opportunities, obstacles, and keys to success for a career in medicine. The program is open to medical students, residents, fellows, and new physicians, as well college students and post-grads considering a career in medicine, particularly those from minority backgrounds and those interested in reducing health care disparities.

Dr. Coombs at 2014 Reality Medicine EventPresentations and small group discussion allow for interaction with peers and experienced physicians regarding issues of interest to attendees.

Examples of Previous Presentations 

  • Navigating Career Options (.pdf, 13 pages) Ronald Dunlap, MD, FACC, 2013-2014 President, Massachusetts Medical Society
  • The Importance of High Quality Mentoring (.pdf, 12 pages) and Work-Life Balance (.pdf, 13 pages) Lenny López, MD, MPH, MDiv, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Faculty, Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Health Policy and Care Disparities Alice Coombs, MD, MPA, FCCP, Past President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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2014 Public Health Leadership Forum

The Impact of Health Care Reform on Health Care Disparities
Friday, April 4, 2014

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Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care

Dunlap & Abreau - Physician Focus

Featured guests for the April edition of the Physician Focus video are Ronald Dunlap, M.D. and Milagos Abreu, M.D., M.P.H., Hosting this edition is Alice Coombs, M.D.

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Eliminating Health Care Disparities in Your Practice

Health care disparities have significant economic consequences for the health care system, and in turn, for the business of medicine.

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The President’s Podium: It’s Time for Equal Treatment

For years, the Massachusetts Medical Society has been one of the leading voices in the effort to reduce health care disparities in the Commonwealth. Our members have worked to educate our colleagues about the issue. 

Read Dr. Dunlap's Blog Post »

Can Health IT Reduce Health Care Disparities?

A 2013 study by the Office of the National Coordinator suggests health information technology has a role in addressing systems that will improve care for populations facing health disparities. 

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