Massachusetts Medical Society: Reality Medicine

Reality Medicine

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

Reality Medicine

Opportunities and Keys to Success for a Career in Medicine Today

Dr. Coombs at 2014 Reality Medicine Event

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hiebert Lounge, Instructional “L” Building, 14th floor, Boston University School of Medicine, 72 E. Concord Street, Boston, MA

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

Come join your peers and experienced physicians in a discussion about issues that matter to you.

All students, residents and physicians are welcome to this free program, but space is limited and registration is required. 


6:00 p.m.

Registration, Dinner, and Networking

7:00 p.m.

Rafael Ortega, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, BU School of Medicine

The Affordable Care Act — What You Need to Know 
Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH
Ronald Dunlap, MD          

Mentorship for career success
Lenny López, MD, MDiv, MPH 

Building the career you want
Panel Discussion 

View the Faculty Bios

8:00 p.m.

Roundtable discussions
Your questions will guide the discussion! Talk in small groups with physicians and your peers. 

Questions? Email or call 781-434-7373.

Faculty Bios

Milagros AbreuMilagros Abreu, MD, MPH
Dr. Abreu is the chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Diversity in Medicine, and is President and CEO of The Latino Health Insurance Program, a community-based program in East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Saugus, Worcester, MetroWest, and Waltham, which focuses on enrolling Massachusetts residents into medical coverage, and educating minority residents with the goal of increasing their access to medical services, self-reliance, and knowledge of the healthcare system. Dr. Abreu received her medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and her Master’s degree from Boston University. 

Philip AdamoPhilip Adamo, MD, MPH, CIME, FACOEM
Dr. Philip Adamo is the associate vice president and medical director of Employee Health and Occupational Injury Care and Wellness at UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School.  He is board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine.  In addition to his medical degree, he received his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also certified as an independent medical examiner (CIME) and a medical review officer for drug testing in the workplace. He is an assistant professor of medicine at UMass Medical School and is active in the teaching of medical students, internal medicine residents and preventive medicine residents.

Dr. Adamo is a past president of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (NECOEM). He is a fellow of The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and is on the Board of Directors. After nine years of clinical practice in primary career he made a career change and entered the occupational medicine specialty. 

Michael AyersMichael Ayers, MD
Michael Ayers, MD is president of the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association, and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement, degenerative joint conditions, arthroscopy, orthopedic trauma and general orthopedic surgery. He practices on the South Shore. Dr. Ayers received his medical degree from Boston University and completed his residency at UMass Medical Center. Prior to medical school, he worked in investment real estate.

2015 Reality Medicine - Alice CoombsAlice Tolbert Coombs, MD, MPA, FCCP
Dr. Coombs is a critical care specialist at South Shore Hospital and an anesthesiologist with South Shore Anesthesia Associates. Dr. Coombs is a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, past chair of the Committee on Diversity in Medicine, immediate past representative to the Commission to End Health Care Disparities. She is a member of the Tufts University School of Dentistry Board of Overseers. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, she is board-certified in the medical specialties of internal medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care. She received her medical degree from the University of California School of Medicine, and her MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

M. Christine David, DO, MPH 
Dr. M. Christine David is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a rotating internship in Long Beach Medical Center (Long Beach, NY) and two years of Family Medicine training in central Pennsylvania, she pursued her passion for Preventive Medicine at the UMass Medical Center, Worcester. It was during her time at UMass that she also obtained a Masters in Public Health.   She went on to complete a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health, graduating in 2012.   She has served for 2 years as a member of the steering committee in the Young Physicians Group in the American College of Preventive Medicine. She is currently the Occupational and Environmental Medicine representative in the Massachusetts Medical Society Interspecialty Committee. Dr. David currently works as an Occupational Medicine/ Urgent Care physician at Pentucket Medical Associates in Andover.

2015 Reality Medicine - Ronald DunlapRonald W. Dunlap, MD, FACC
Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D., F.A.C.C., board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, is a physician with South Shore Cardiology in Weymouth. He has appointments at South Shore Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, a member of the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates and previously was chair of the Committee on Diversity in Medicine and currently represents the Society at the Commission to End Health Care Disparities. He is also the South Shore Hospital’s representative to the American Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff Section. Dr. Dunlap earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He has been an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1979 and serves on the alumni board of Tufts University Medical School and the board of the Coverys Insurance Co. 

Patricia Rose Falcao, MD  
Dr. Falcao’s original Board Certification is in Ob/Gyn, with a later career transition into Addiction Medicine (Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine).  Dr. Falcao has always worked for career flexibility, for women and men to find life balance with options for personal growth, time out from medicine to pursue other life interests, for family, and for exploring adventures globally. She also completed an MPH in Health Policy and Management, and an MBA with health systems emphasis and national honors.  Dr. Falcao is strongly committed to organizational change and to collaborating with others to shape the future of medicine to make it a more humane field for physicians and patients.  

2015 Reality Medicine - Lenny LopezLenny López, MD, MPH, MDiv
Dr. López, M.D., M.P.H., M. Div., is an internist trained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and is an Assistant at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Dr. López completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and received his M.P.H. in 2005.  He joined the Institute for Health Policy in 2008 after his two year fellowship in epidemiology and statistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.  His research interests extend across a range of issues relating to racial and ethnic disparities including language barriers and patient safety, quality measurement and improvement in hospital care and the impact of health information technology on disparity reduction. Dr. López received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and received a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School.

Rafael OrtegaRafael Ortega, MD
Rafael A. Ortega, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. A native of the Dominican Republic, is a graduate of the UNPHU in Santo Domingo and trained in anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center in the early 1980’s. He is Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice-chairman for Academic Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ortega is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography. His interests include cardiac and thoracic anesthesia, computer-assisted instruction, and education in anesthesiology. He has served in various committees with American Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists and the Wood Library Museum.

Dr. Ortega has published a variety of papers, book chapters, and multimedia programs in a broad range of topics including airway management, operating room hazards, and the history of his specialty. In 2006, he published the book Written in Granite and spearheaded the restoration of the Ether Monument in the Boston Public Garden. With the proceeds from this book, a maintenance fund was created to assure the monument’s continuing preservation. His most recent work includes the publication of a series of clinical procedure videos in New England Journal of Medicine and a multilingual instructional program for the World Health Organization’s Global Pulse Oximetry Project.

Philip ParksPhilip Parks, MD, MPH, FACOEM 
Philip Parks, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is currently a Program Manager in Biomedical Systems at the Draper Laboratory. He leads Draper’s Medical Analytics and Decision Systems business area where he directs multidisciplinary engineering teams in efforts to solve some of the most challenging problems in medicine and healthcare.

Dr. Parks is also a strategic advisor at H21, a company that he founded to provide Corporate Health and Security solutions and consulting services.  H21 has partnered with Partners in Health to develop Corporate Health and Security programs that support PIH’s mission in over 13 countries. Dr. Parks is an attending physician and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance. In addition to his clinical and teaching role at Cambridge Health Alliance, Dr. Parks is also a guest lecturer and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and provides career seminars to Harvard Occupational Medicine physicians in residency training. He currently serves as a member of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Advisory Committee.

Prior to his current roles, Dr. Parks was a distinguished member of the technical staff at the Draper Laboratory in the Human-Centered Engineering group. He has expertise in multi-disciplinary research, human-centered engineering, and technology integration for human performance measurement and evaluation. Dr. Parks was also the New England Regional Medical Director for Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc., a provider of comprehensive corporate occupational health services. Dr. Parks worked with corporate clients in the biotechnology sector to design, implement, measure, and optimize occupational health and safety programs.

Dr. Parks was a physician executive at Lifespan Corporation, Rhode Island’s largest healthcare system and second largest employer. Dr. Parks received his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tulane University, earned a second Master’s degree in Occupational Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed his residency training in Occupational Medicine at the Harvard Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program. Dr. Parks is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative where he provides expertise in humanitarian assistance and disaster response. He is board certified in Occupational Medicine, President of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and member of the Board of Directors, a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Parks has served on active duty as Undersea Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer in the US Navy, and achieved the rank of Commander.

Arlene Reed-Delaney, MD 
Arlene Reed-Delaney MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years’ experience in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as adult psychiatry. She is psychiatric consultant to Core Learning Services Inc. and is currently working closely with The Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners to establish sustainable living wage businesses in underserved communities that are owned and operated by former prisoners as well as with Future Hope Apprenticeship Programʼs Wellness Workshop to improve work readiness. She is co-author of Stealth Technique used in Core Learning Services Inc. Compass Course.

Dr. Delaney received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed psychiatric training at Bellevue Hospital-NYU and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital - Roosevelt Hospital. She served on the faculty of Albany Medical College. She has a special interest in education. She served on NY State Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, University of Notre Dame and College of Saint Rose. In Massachusetts, her most recent work sites are Dimock Center and Germaine-Lawrence Inc. She is a member of Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine.

Joyce SackeyJoyce A. Sackey, MD
Joyce A. Sackey, MD is Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health and Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining TUSM, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Master for Oliver Wendell Holmes Society at Harvard Medical School, and Attending Physician in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Sackey completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was a Senior Rabkin fellow in the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School where she completed advanced fellowship training in medical education.

As Dean for Multicultural Affairs at TUSM, she oversees the school’s key diversity initiatives, including under-represented minority (URM) faculty and student recruitment, retention and development. She oversees the medical school’s Office for Multicultural Affairs and its pipeline programs targeting URM students at the high school, college and post-graduate levels, programs whose overall goal is to increase the number of URM students entering the biomedical careers, and, ultimately, increase workforce diversity. 

As Dean for Global Health, Dr. Sackey provides oversight for the medical school’s global health programs and chairs the school-wide, Global Health Faculty Council. 

She is co-founder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization. The program has made significant contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS through the education and training African physicians in the forefront of providing clinical care to people living with HIV/AIDS. FAR has also helped to expand access to care and early detection of HIV through its Mobile Clinic Initiative in Ghana.

2015 Reality Medicine - SaldanaFidencio Saldana, MD, MPH
Dr. Saldana is a clinical cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner Hospitals specializing in cardiovascular imaging and is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School.  He is a committed and award winning educator and strives to reach out to the underserved. His goal is to continue to mentor, teach, and be an advocate for issues in minority health.  Dr. Saldana completed his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2001. He earned his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


2015 Reality Medicine - Raquel WellsRacquel Wells
Racquel Wells is a 3rd year medical student at UMass Medical School and student representative to the MMS Committee on Diversity in Medicine. She received her BS from Boston College, and an MA in Medical Sciences from Boston University. 

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