Massachusetts Medical Society: Black Women in Medicine

Black Women in Medicine

Black Women in Medicine

Course Overview
Presented by the Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committee on Diversity in Medicine

~This multi-module course can be taken over time and does not have to be completed in one session.~ 

Increasing workplace diversity has been positively linked to improved productivity and patient outcomes. Black women make up 2 percent of physicians and 2 percent of academic medical faculty. Even fewer are in senior leadership positions in health care. Retention and promotion of Black women in medicine and health care are lacking due to a variety of reasons such as lack of support and community, micro- and macroaggressions, and lack of consideration or opportunity for promotion or advancement. The Black Women in Medicine conference, recorded on November 3, 2021, convened leaders in medicine, public health, and policy to celebrate Black women in medicine, discussed strategies for building stronger bonds between Black women and other women in medicine and health, and foster meaningful connections that empower individuals and their communities to realize their professional goals in spite of systemic frameworks that have traditionally served as barriers to achievement. This online activity explores how politics, advocacy, and leadership play a role in supporting and empowering physicians, trainees, and medical students of color who contend with embedded structural racism in the workplace and beyond.

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Philomena Asante, MD, MPH — Pediatric Specialist, Boston University Student Health Services
Leader, Diva Docs Boston, Founder, Black Women Doctors Network
Simone Wildes, MD, FACP, FIDSA — Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine
Bettye Kearse, MD, PhD — Original Founder of the ‘Diva Docs’
Shikha Jain, MD, FACP — Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Illinois, Chicago
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH — President and CEO, National Hispanic Association 
Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD, FAASM, FACP— Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine, Brown School of Medicine
Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE — Vice Chair and Professor, University of Nebraska, CEO, BraveEnough 
Nancy D. Spector, MD — Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Dean for Faculty Drexel University College of Medicine
Executive Director, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine ® (ELAM)
Robin Reed, MD, MBA — Co-founder of The Wellness Collaborative 
Ellana Stinson, MD, MPH – President, New England Medical Association
Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG — Chair, SUNY-Downstate Health Sciences University
Professor, College of Medicine & School of Public Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dani Monroe, MS— President, CenterFocus International, Inc, Former, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, MassGeneral Brigham
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH — Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, American College of Cardiology
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS — Director of Equity, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine - Endocrine Division
LaShyra Nolen - Harvard Medical School, Co-President of Student Body
Ryan Walker, MD, MPH – Resident, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Vanessa Britto, MD, MSc, FACP - Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness, Brown University School of Medicine
Adaira Landry, MD, MEd — Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA – Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School
Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP — Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Jennifer Miller — Managing Editor, Corporate Communications Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Sabrina Assoumou, MD, MPH — Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center
Sharma Joseph, MD — Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D., Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, Swartz Resident Practitioner Ministry Studies, Harvard Divinity School.

Intended Audience

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

Course Objectives

  • Engage, support, and network with colleagues, a diverse group of supporters, allies, and social justice disrupters.
  • Discuss strategies for building stronger bonds between Black Women and other women in medicine and health.
  • Create a safe space for Black Women Physicians and Physicians in Training to openly and honestly discuss the unique challenges that they face because of their intersectional identities in career advancement and attaining leadership positions.
  • Apply evidence-based and practical advice, tools, and skills to help overcome some of these challenges.
  • Build a foundation for opportunities for short- and long-term mentorship, sponsorship, and allyship.

Course Fees
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: $170.00
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $382.50
Non-Members Resident/Student: $85.00
Allied Health Professional/Other: $136.00

Format & Estimated Time to Complete: Video, 4.25 hours

Accreditation Statement
Accreditation and Credit Information
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 ienduring material for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 4.25 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.

Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  

Activity Term
Original Release Date: January 12, 2022
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: January 12, 2025

System Requirements

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+

iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)

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