Diversity in Medicine Matters: The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce
With the racial and political turmoil surrounding our culture and healthcare environment, it continues to be essential to confront longstanding health care disparities. Improving workforce diversity is one strategy to improve patient medical outcomes and reduce health care disparities. Recruiting, retaining, and sustaining a diverse racial and ethnic workforce within health care is vital for our population’s well-being.
This webinar of the MMS’ 2020 Annual Oration (recorded December 1, 2020) discusses and explores what health care leaders, physicians and other health care professionals gain from a firm understanding of cultural competence, racism and the need to support and retain a representative workforce to provide optimal effective care for patients from different backgrounds. Successfully building a culture of inclusion and belonging across health care requires commitment, accountability, and transparency at all levels of the organization.
History of the Oration
The MMS Annual Oration dates back to 1804 when Dr. Isaac Rand delivered his dissertation entitled, On Phthisis Pulmonalis, and the Use of the Warm Bath. For more than 200 years, MMS orators have addressed a wide spectrum of topics germane to the evolving practice of medicine.
This activity is designed for health care leaders, physicians, residents, other health care professionals and students in all health care professions.
- Describe the benefits to patients, medical staff, and employers of a diverse workplace to achieve an inclusive working environment and better health outcomes
- Address racial, cultural, system, and other barriers that may arise as your organization works towards a more diverse workplace
- Recommend actions/opportunities for all individuals to promote diversity and eliminate racism within their practice or healthcare setting
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Reede has a lifelong passion for and experience with mentoring and supporting diversity in the biosciences. She is Harvard Medical School’s first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty. She also serves in a number of other positions, including Faculty Director of Community Outreach at HMS, Professor at HMS and at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.
While at HMS, Joan created more than 20 diversity and leadership-focused programs, including founding the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and the Biomedical Science Careers Program. Before joining Harvard, she served as the medical director of a Boston community health center and worked as a pediatrician in community and academic health centers, juvenile prisons, and public schools. She has held a number of advisory roles including serving on the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. Dr. Reede graduated from Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She holds an MPH and an MS in Health Policy Management from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and an MBA from Boston University.
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 internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.
MOC 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 MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:
Allergy and Immunology
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry and Neurology
National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 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™.
- 1.00 MOC II
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This course is offered through Massachusetts Medical Society.
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