Forming one’s professional identity is more difficult if the profession she is entering is not diverse and/or includes few role models and mentors with similar backgrounds (Hadden, 2019). Furthermore, gaps in expectations – from patients, peers, trainees, and supervisors – can make day-to-day experiences more challenging due to micro-aggressions, intended and unconscious bias, and systemic structures that fail to account for the diversity in the modern healthcare and scientific workforce. On the other hand, success in academic leadership and academic advancement can be enhanced by developing self-awareness and retaining authenticity. Furthermore, role-modeling these skills for others, can positively impact the work and training environment and accelerate cultural change that promotes diversity and innovation (Lachance, 2015).

Target Audience

Physicians, psychologists, residents, fellows, and medical students.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define professional authenticity
  2. Explore how components of authenticity-- e.g., self-awareness, transparency, integrity -- promote effective leadership
  3. Discuss strategies to develop and strengthen your authenticity to improve leadership competencies

Additional Information

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
State Relevance: 
New Jersey
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Guest Speaker

Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc, FAAP
Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Clinician Educator
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency Program Director
Department of Pediatrics
Hasbro Children's Hospital

Faculty Disclosure

In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speaker and planning committee members have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:
Speaker: Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc, FAAP
Planning Committee Members: Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD, Kathleen Haslam, Maria Sullivan, Andrea Goldstein, MPA

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. 

Psychologists: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been approved by the Rhode Island Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for Psychologists. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 1 Category 1 CE Credits. (Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only). 

Other Healthcare Professionals: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for 1.0 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance
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