Leadership Workshops & Research Seminars

FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research

  • professional development for academic physicians

  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

FOCUS sponsors lunchtime seminars on women’s health research, professional development for academic physicians and “hot topics” in healthcare. Presenters include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from across the University— anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers — all of whom offer exposure and fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

 

This interactive one-hour lunchtime format provides opportunities for faculty to convene across departments and centers and thereby promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is well-attended by both men and women faculty from a broad range of specialties. A portion of the series is devoted to workshops on career development and mentoring, particularly targeting female and/or junior medical faculty.

2022-2023 FOCUS programming
Includes lunchtime seminars, focus chats & leadership workshops

*Note: FOCUS is continually adding Seminar Series programming, please check here and our Twitter for updates.


NOTE: This 4-part evening workshop requires pre-registration for all four sessions and the deadline to apply is August 13, 2021. For more information please contact Sue Primavera @ sprimave@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


PROGRAM: Envisioning the Later Phase of Your Career: Using the Past to Inform the Future --
a FOCUS program opportunity for senior women faculty


Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing.  Using self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for their own career/life trajectory, participants explore pathways for creating the most rewarding, productive and enriching paths forward.  Through a series of small cohort-based workshops, each participant is guided in developing a personalized plan for the next phase of life/career. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their past accomplishments and challenges, strengths and weaknesses, current goals, values, realities and opportunities.  There are exercises at each session, and homework between sessions, to explore and experiment with potential opportunities for reinvigoration.

(#1 of a four-session program) Tues., Sept. 14, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#2 of a four-session program) Tues., Oct. 12, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#3 of a four-session program) Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#4 of a four-session program) Wed., Dec. 8, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30

Co-facilitated by: (click on their names to link to their bios)

Stephanie Abbuhl MD

Emeritus Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics

Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty

Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

NOTE: This 4-part evening workshop requires pre-registration for all four sessions and the deadline to apply is August 13, 2021. For more information please contact Sue Primavera @ sprimave@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


PROGRAM: Envisioning the Later Phase of Your Career: Using the Past to Inform the Future --
a FOCUS program opportunity for senior women faculty


Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing.  Using self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for their own career/life trajectory, participants explore pathways for creating the most rewarding, productive and enriching paths forward.  Through a series of small cohort-based workshops, each participant is guided in developing a personalized plan for the next phase of life/career. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their past accomplishments and challenges, strengths and weaknesses, current goals, values, realities and opportunities.  There are exercises at each session, and homework between sessions, to explore and experiment with potential opportunities for reinvigoration.

(#1 of a four-session program) Tues., Sept. 14, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#2 of a four-session program) Tues., Oct. 12, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#3 of a four-session program) Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30
(#4 of a four-session program) Wed., Dec. 8, 2021 @ 5:15 – 7:30

Co-facilitated by: (click on their names to link to their bios)

Stephanie Abbuhl MD

Emeritus Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics

Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty

Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Myths and Misinformation
Surrounding COVID-19 Vaccines

(click here to view recording of Paul Offit's talk)


Dr. Offit will discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety issues, real and imagined, with a goal toward providing answers to frequently asked questions.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

(click  on the following link to view a recording of this seminar: https://upenn.box.com/s/r398dxec0k4fmi824jbe0ctq0spxp8xn)

Paul A. Offit, MD
Maurice R. Hilleman Chair of Vaccinology
Director of the Vaccine Education Center
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC in 2006 and by the WHO in 2013; for this achievement Dr. Offit received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. In 2009, Dr. Offit received the President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2011, Dr. Offit received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Biologics Industry Organization (BIO), the David E. Rogers Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Odyssey Award from the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Offit received the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine for the Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Offit received the Maxwell Finland award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Innovators in Health Award from the Group Health Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Offit won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Offit won the Franklin Founder Award from the city of Philadelphia, The Porter Prize from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine from the American Philosophical Society. In 2018, Dr. Offit received the Gold Medal from the Sabin Vaccine Institute and in 2019 the John P. McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association. Dr. Offit was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research. He is also the author of nine medical narratives: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis (Yale University Press, 2005), Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007), for which he won an award from the American Medical Writers Association, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Columbia University Press, 2008), Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (Basic Books, 2011), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews and Booklist as one of the best non-fiction books of the year, Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine (HarperCollins, 2013), which won the Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking from the Center for Skeptical Inquiry and was selected by National Public Radio as one of the best books of 2013, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine (Basic Books, 2015), which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as an “Editor’s Choice” book in April 2015, Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong (National Geographic Press/Random House, April 2017), which was nominated for Best Science and Technology book of 2017 by Goodreads, Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information (Columbia University Press, June 2018), and Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far (HarperCollins in April, 2020).

 

 

Microaggressions MACROIMPACT:
Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
in Our Personal and Professional Environmen
ts


Through this seminar, we will define microaggressions, identify the various types of microaggressions, and explore the macro-impact of microaggressions within our personal and professional environments. We will also discuss strategies for addressing microaggressions via a didactic and interactive format. The workshop component of this session will include review of techniques to address discriminatory patient encounters within the clinical learning environment, small group case-based opportunities to practice response strategies and debriefing and discussion of options for reporting such events. 

 

September 30, 2021 (Thursday), 12:00 - 2:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Presenter:


Nicole R Washington, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Section of Hospital Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Medical Director, Physician Supervisor for Patient Flow Program & General Pediatrics Resident Services

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Facilitators:
 

Michelle A. Weir, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Department of Dermatology

Perelman School of Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin B. Clancy, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
Perelman School of Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Margot E. Cohen MD MSEd

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Co-Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship

Department of Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine

Perelman School of Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Laura E Dingfield, MD, MSEd

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Inpatient Attending, Penn Medicine Hospice, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Inpatient Attending, Penn Medicine Hospice, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Director of Palliative Care Education, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

A CALL TO ACTION:

ADDRESSING THE CRISIS OF CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH

 

Mental health care access for children and adolescents has challenged our health care system for some time but reached crisis levels during the pandemic. We are experiencing increased demands for mental health treatment in emergency and acute care settings, and we anticipate increasing needs into the future. Today’s talk will focus on the current state of children’s mental health, current and future needs with recommendations for improving access to these much-needed services. 

October 18, 2021 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session
(click on the following link to view the recording of this seminar: https://upenn.box.com/s/aadp8lm4a7eq7zq87qj9j1kgte4riub9)

Tami D. Benton, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania
Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, CHOP
Director, Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Research Center
President Elect, American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Tami Benton, MD is the Frederick Allen Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Chief of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She is a member of the  National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and the American Psychiatric Association’s  Council for Research.  She mentors clinical and research physicians, fellows and post-doctoral trainees, many of whom are minority scholars, academic faculty members and community leaders.  She directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Program and the Youth Suicide Center at CHOP, a  multidisciplinary clinical and research program focused on  depression and suicide among children and adolescents,  with an emphasis upon minority youth.  She is the President Elect for The American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  

Bias and Systemic Racism in Academic Medicine: Strategies for Change

Dr. Valantine will frame her presentation using their core themes. First she will present scientific evidence underpinning “the case” for equity, diversity inclusion in academic medicine – the “why”.  She will then give examples of the barriers to achieving DEI, especially focusing on bias. The bulk of her presentation will address interventions to achieve cultures of inclusive excellence in academic medicine using strategies that integrate interventions at institutional (systems change) and individual levels.

 

November 3, 2021 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

(click  on the following link to view a recording of this seminar: https://upenn.box.com/s/98g2iglr8tn2vdq0f2n136lp5o30gla5)

Hannah Valantine, MD

Stanford Medicine, Professor of Medicine
Former NIH Chief Scientific Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

 

Hannah Valantine received her M.B.B.S. (MD equivalent) degree from London University, cardiology fellowship at Stanford, and Doctor of Medicine from London University. She was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine, rising to Full Professor of Medicine in 2000, and becoming the inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership, in 2004. She pursued a data-driven transformative approach to this work, receiving the NIH director’s pathfinder award. Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director, recruited her in 2014 as the inaugural NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce diversity, and as a tenured investigator in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s intramural research program where she established the laboratory of transplantation genomics. Dr. Valantine is a nationally recognized pioneer in her field, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications, patents, and sustained NIH funding. Citing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins’ statement about Dr. Valantine’s accomplishments at NIH, “her laser-like focus on expanding recruitment and retention of the brightest minds regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and socioeconomic status has produced remarkable results over a few short years.” The impact of Dr. Valantine’s work has been felt well beyond the NIH campus. She has made several important inroads into improving diversity and equity among the extramural research community. For example, Hannah designed the Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program that is being implemented by the NIH Common Fund to create cultures of inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions. She also guided the National Research Mentoring Network program on coaching and mentoring for grant writing toward successful applications and awards supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.  At NIH Dr. Valantine established a highly productive research program within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She created the Genomic Research Alliance for Transplantation (GRAfT), a consortium of five heart and lung transplant programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which has enrolled and is actively following more than 500 patients, 40% of whom are African American/Black. She is using the technology that she co-invented with Steve Quake, professor bioengineering at Stanford - donor-derived cell-free DNA in blood - to monitor organ transplant rejection in the GRAfT cohort, and to understand the mechanisms that explain how and why African Americans/Blacks reject their organ transplants at higher rates than White recipients. Dr. Valantine was elected to National Academy of Medicine, “for her national leadership in both scientific workforce diversity and cardiac transplantation research.” Her data-driven approach in these two important areas has led to game-changing policies and new programs that enriched the nation’s biomedical talent pool and have generated paradigm-shifting innovations in patient care.             

 

Managing Difficult Conversations Now:
How to Talk About All the Things
You Put on Hold During the Pandemic

(Note: this session was designed for women only, please)

Does your stomach churn when you are facing a hard conversation? Are there difficult conversations that you keep putting off which are weighing you down? Join Catherine Morrison, JD, a negotiation and conflict management expert, to find out how to have difficult conversations as effectively as possible. Whether you are unsure how to handle a sensitive conversation, procrastinate the tough call, or struggle to provide constructive feedback; learn how effective conflict handling skills can create a collaborative and productive dialogue. Connect with others and share your tips on how you manage difficult conversations so we can all get more confident and comfortable with this ubiquitous leadership challenge.

November 10, 2021 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Catherine Morrison, JD

Negotiation and Conflict Management Consultant
Morrison Associates

 

Catherine is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic professionals become more capable at resolving conflicts and negotiating effective change. She brings extensive experience as an administrator in academic medicine and as an award-winning professor. She employs negotiation and conflict management frameworks that are compatible with clinical diagnostic models and bioscience research approaches and that apply across diverse cultures.

Forget the ladder, forge your path:
life lessons for women in academia

Academia attracts brilliant and motivated women. So, why is there now a mass exodus? We will discuss the truths regarding obstacles in recruitment, retention and success of women physician-scientists and what might be done by individuals and institutions to ensure productivity while promoting equity.

November 16, 2021 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Michal A. Elovitz, MD

Hilarie L. Morgan and Mitchell L. Morgan Distinguished Professor in Women’s Health

Vice Chair, Translational Research

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Michal A. Elovitz, MD is the Hilarie L. Morgan and Mitchell L. Morgan President’s Distinguished Professor in Women’s Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  She is a full tenured Professor and serves as Vice Chair of Translational Research.  A graduate of the University of Texas and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell University and a fellowship in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Elovitz is considered one of the world’s leading physicians in Maternal Fetal Medicine and has been nationally and internationally recognized for her cutting-edge research in maternal, reproductive and child health and her mentorship in Women’s Health. She has been actively involved in translational and clinical research for the over 20 years. Her research is or has been funded by the March of Dimes, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institute for Nursing Research, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Elovitz supports, fosters, participates and advocates for collaborative research, from the bench to the bedside, to advance the mission of improving health outcomes for women and their children.  She has been very successful at growing a multidisciplinary research team that will undoubtedly push forward the needle on women’s health. Her own research program has focused on understanding the mechanisms and consequences of adverse pregnancy outcomes both for the pregnancy of interest and for implications for the long-term health of the mother and child. Her research integrating immunology and microbiology into pregnancy health has led to novel discoveries in preterm birth.  Aside from advancing the research agenda, Dr. Elovitz believes strongly in mentoring and sponsoring the next generation of physician-scientists in women’s health. She was program director for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at PENN for 11 years where she developed new curriculum, processes for review, and expanded the fellowship in regards to the number of fellows and the clinical sites where they were able to advance their education. She also served as the research director for an institutional K12 (WRHR) award. She believes that the future of Women’s Health lies in supporting and integrating physicians and scientists from OBGYN as well as other disciplines. As such, Dr. Elovitz currently mentors faculty in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Immunology, Pediatric Neurology, Microbiology and Cardiology. Dr. Elovitz served as a 6 year standing member of the national specialty board for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Additionally, she is an active member of the NIH peer review process, serves as Associate Editor for two of OBGYNs main journals, and is involved in organizing and participating in national and international meetings for women’s health research. She is a known national and international speaker on preterm birth, fetal brain injury, translational research and innovative ways to promote research and education in Women’s Health. As part of her advocacy, she is one of the co-founders and the current Director of the Women's Health Collaborative which serves to foster and grown diversity and equity in women's health.

Leveraging Extra-Institutional Networks to
Foster & Strengthen Careers in Academic Medicine

 

Dr. Vail will describe how professional societies and resources like the RAISE ECHO program can fill gaps in institutional career development resources (such as mentorship)


December 1, 2021 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Emily Anne Vail, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care

at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

 

Emily Vail, MD, MSc. is a physician-scientist dedicated to understanding health care delivery in the perioperative period. Her research uses clinical and administrative datasets to identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Vail’s past work focused on the epidemiology of medication use in critically ill patients and the factors associated with practice variation between hospitals. Dr. Vail earned her BS with Highest Honors from the University of Iowa. She received her MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She completed an anesthesia residency and critical care fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia. After clinical training, she completed an Apgar Research Fellowship at Columbia University and earned an MSc. in Patient-Oriented Research from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A board-certified anesthesiologist and intensivist, Dr. Vail joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. She is a member of the Columbia University Virginia Apgar Society, the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute and the Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation. She is the Co-Founder of the Resources, Advice, Insight, Support, and Education (RAISE) Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Virtual Career Development Program and current Co-Chair of the American Thoracic Society Assembly on Critical Care Early Career Professionals Working Group.

 

Follow-up Managing Difficult Conversations session

(Note: this session was designed for participants who attended the Nov. 10th session, please)

December 14, 2021 (Tuesday), 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Catherine Morrison, JD

Negotiation and Conflict Management Consultant
Morrison Associates

 

Catherine is a negotiation and conflict management expert who helps academic professionals become more capable at resolving conflicts and negotiating effective change. She brings extensive experience as an administrator in academic medicine and as an award-winning professor. She employs negotiation and conflict management frameworks that are compatible with clinical diagnostic models and bioscience research approaches and that apply across diverse cultures.

A Conversation with Women Chairs
 

Panelists will share their career trajectories followed by a conversation about their vision of challenges and opportunities in academic medicine going forward.

January 11, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Panelists:

Frances Elizabeth Jensen, MD, FACP 

Arthur Knight Asbury, M.D. Professor in Neurology
CPUP Board of Directors, University of Pennsylvania
Chair, Neurology Department
Co-Director of Penn Translational Neuroscience Center
Member, Steering Committee, Lifespan Institute for Behavioral Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center, Steering Committee, University of Pennsylvania
CPUP Committee on Anti-racism 
Attending, Neurology Inpatient Consult Service

Joan M. O’Brien, MD

Nina C. Mackall Research Professor of Ophthalmology

Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology

Director, Scheie Eye Institute

Professor, Neuroscience Graduate Group

Professor, Biomedical Graduate Studies

Mentor, Master of Science in Translational Research 

Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

University Associate, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, Abramson Cancer Center

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Inducted Member, National Academy of Medicine

Maria Oquendo, MD, PhD

Ruth Meltzer Professor of Psychiatry

Chairman of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Psychiatrist-in-Chief , University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Psychiatry

Erica R. Thaler, MD, FACS

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Imposter Syndrome, Risk and Confidence

(Note: this session was designed for women only, please)


January 27, 2022 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Marissa A. Blum, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine/Division of Rheumatology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Hillary R. Bogner, MD, MSCE

Director of Research Programs, FOCUS
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Courtney A. Schreiber, MD, MPH

Executive Director, FOCUS

Stuart and Emily B.H. Mudd Professor of Human Behavior and Reproduction

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Chief, Division of Family Planning

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

BIOS:

 

Marissa A. Blum MD is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Blum completed her internal medicine residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then completed both rheumatology training and a Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Dr. Blum specializes in general rheumatology, with additional interests in osteoporosis and women’s health.  Dr. Blum is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American College of Rheumatology, and has been recognized by her peers as a Top Doctor in Philadelphia Magazine from 2017-2020. 

Hillary R. Bogner MD MSCE is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is Director of Research Programs for FOCUS on the Health & Leadership of Women. She is a family physician and her discussions with patients about depression and depression treatment have had a direct impact on the development of her research. She is dedicated to studying depression in primary care patients with chronic medical conditions, in order to improve the outcomes for depression in the context of chronic medical conditions. Her goal is to help primary care clinicians manage depression treatment which is often complicated by multiple comorbid conditions, polypharmacy, and psychosocial and financial concerns. She is also dedicated to eliminating disparities in health services related to disability. Her research has focused on improving our understanding of health care disparities as experienced by adults with disabilities and how differences in the quality of care received might be impacting their wellbeing.

 

Courtney A. Schreiber MD, MPH is Executive Director of FOCUS and is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Family Planning at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Family Planning Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Magee Womens Hospital. Dr. Schreiber is Chief of Family Planning and Director of PEACE, the Pregnancy Early ACess CEnter at Penn. PEACE integrates clinical care, clinical research, and teaching to advance patient-centered care for women needing family planning services and management of early pregnancy complications including miscarriage. Dr. Schreiber’s NIH and foundation-funded research is focused on patient-oriented clinical and translational discovery in the areas of abnormal and unintended pregnancy prevention and treatment. Dr. Schreiber is Director of the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning at Penn.

Becoming Better Allies:  
Bystander Intervention Training

In this interactive session, Dr. Guerra will discuss the Bystander Effect, the research that explains this behavior and the barriers to becoming upstanders and better allies.  We will explore bystander intervention strategies and put the lessons into practice using case studies.

February 2, 2022 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP  

Ruth C. and Raymond G. Perelman Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine
Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, Abramson Cancer Center
Advisory Dean, Dr. Helen O. Dickens House
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine

BIO: Dr. Guerra is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine and Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach at the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Guerra also serves at the Advisory Dean of Students in the Dr. Helen O. Dickens House at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her research interests focus on better understanding and eliminating barriers to accessing cancer screening tests and cancer treatment clinical trials. Dr. Guerra is the founding co-director of the Penn Medicine colorectal cancer screening navigation program, the Penn Breast Health Initiative/Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Abramson Cancer Center Clinical Trials Ambassador Program.  Dr. Guerra is the Board Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) National Board of Directors, and a member of the ACS’s Mission Outcomes Committee, Guidelines Development Committee and National Advisory Council on Health Equity. For her work to help underserved patients, she received the prestigious ACS St. George National Award in 2017 and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Patient Advocate Award in 2018.  Dr. Guerra completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program in 2019. With support from the Office of the Provost and in collaboration with the Wharton School, Dr. Guerra led the development of a leadership training program for the women and diverse faculty at PSOM in 2015 which, to date, has trained over 120 faculty. 

 

Genomic Evolution and Adaptation in Africa:  Implications for Health and Disease

 

Africa is thought to be the ancestral homeland of all modern human populations within the past 300,000 years. It is also a region of tremendous cultural, linguistic, climatic, and genetic diversity. Despite the important role that African populations have played in human history, they remain one of the most underrepresented groups in human genomics studies. A comprehensive knowledge of patterns of variation in African genomes is critical for a deeper understanding of human genomic diversity, the identification of functionally important genetic variation, the genetic basis of adaptation to diverse environments and diets, and the origins of modern humans. We have characterized genomic variation in thousands of ethnically and geographically diverse Africans in order to reconstruct human population history and local adaptation to variable environments and have identified candidate loci that play a role in lipid metabolism and skin color.

February 21, 2022 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Sarah Tishkoff, PhD

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor
Departments of Genetics and Biology
University of Pennsylvania

 

BIO: Sarah A. Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She holds a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) endowed chair with appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences, and works at the intersection of biomedicine, human genetics, evolutionary genetics and anthropology. Overcoming hazards in rural Africa such as lack of electricity and water, Sarah Tishkoff has amassed genetic evidence of human evolutionary history in Africa. She and her African collaborators have generated a large database of African diversity derived from genetic samples from more than 10,000 people from over 200 ethnic groups. This achievement provides a vital resource for biomedical research to improve diagnostics and therapeutics for Africans and African Americans.  Tishkoff’s scholarship expands understanding of ancestry and culture with data gleaned from genetics and metabolism that may yield insights on causes and possible new treatments for disease. Through her studies of indigenous populations, Tishkoff hopes to identify genetic factors that play a role in resistance to infectious diseases, and to glean insights to help prevent diabetes and heart disease.  Tishkoff teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on genomics, human disease and evolution and publishes in Science, Cell, Nature Genetics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, and the American Journal of Human Genetics. She is on the editorial boards at Cell, PLOS Genetics, and G3 (Genes, Genomes, and Genetics) journals.  She is on the NAS Board of Global Health, the scientific advisory board for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering, the advisory council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton and the board of scientific counselors at The Jackson Laboratory.  She is also a member of working groups at the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of medicine addressing issues related to Race, Health, Science, and Society.  

A facilitated discussion with Jody Foster:
Using real life scenarios to address
difficult professional interactions

(Note: this session was designed for women only, please)

March 15, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Jody J Foster, MD, MBA

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital

Assistant Dean for Professionalism

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Professionalism in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital and Chair of the Penn Medicine Academy of Master Clinicians. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined and accelerated BA/MD program with Lehigh University, Dr. Foster completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital.  She also attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School. Dr. Foster serves as the Executive Clinical Director of the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine and leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Wharton Executive MBA Program. Dr. Foster is a noted educator and has received numerous awards for clinical excellence and teaching. She has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine and in her Professionalism role has consulted not only within healthcare but also with legal and venture capital firms, corporate entities, education, the arts and major league sports.

 

Finding your voice and building
your scientific brand authentically

(Note: this session was designed for women only, please)
 

Sharing one's accomplishments, disseminating research findings, and/or advocating for one's work (research, clinical and/or administrative) are amongst the most important activities in academia. Those who do not actively engage in these activities are at a disadvantage in growing their reputations, enhancing the potential reach of their work, and securing future grant funding for research and programs of all kinds. However, a growing literature that corroborates lived experiences of females identifies the challenges of self-promotion and scientific/career branding for women, particularly early-career and under-represented minority female scientists, clinicians and administrators. In this session, we will provide a brief primer on the relevant scientific literature in order to understand the magnitude of the problem, share narratives and approaches by Penn female faculty in various stages of their career, and engage in experiential exercises so that at the end of the session, participants will have concrete steps to try out in their daily lives.

March 23, 2022 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 2:00 PM, Location: via Zoom

Facilitator:
 

Rinad Beidas, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Director, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit

Director, Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute (PISCE@LDI)

Co-Director, Penn Center for AIDS Research iSPHERE Scientific Working Group

Associate Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Jennifer S. Myers, MD, FHM, FACP

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety

Director, Masters of Healthcare Quality & Safety
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Shazia Siddique, MD MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology

Associate Director for Research, Center for Evidence-Based Practice

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics

University of Pennsylvania

Eugenia C. South, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor

Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Faculty Director, Urban Health Lab

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

FOCUS Chat: The Challenges of Caring

for our Elders: An Opportunity to Share
Challenges, Strategies and Resources 

 

Are you a caregiver of your parents, or an elderly relative or friend? Being a caregiver for an elderly loved one can be a challenge as we navigate meeting their needs. Please join us for an open discussion to share challenges, strategies and resources in this virtual interactive session that will be facilitated by Lucy W. Tuton and Vatinee Bunya.   Karen Kille and Emily McPeak from Penn Human Resources will also join us to share Penn’s elderly caregiving resources and answer questions. All faculty are invited and welcome to attend.  

March 29, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: via Zoom

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD, MSCE     

William F. Norris and George E. de Schweinitz 
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD 

Director of Professional Development
Adjunct Professor, Medicine and of Prevention and Population Health
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Associate Director, Penn Community Scholars Program
Co-Director of PATHWAYS Program for Penn STEM Faculty

 

Accessing Underserved Populations
through Cross-sector Partnerships

Traditional healthcare solutions are sometimes unable to meet the needs of hard-to-reach populations. Cross-sector partnerships can provide innovative alternatives by combining the strengths of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. However, organizational differences across sectors generate not only valuable resource complementarities, but also conflict. How can cross-sector partners harness their differences to create transformational impact in addressing healthcare grand challenges? 

April 5, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: via Zoom

Aline Gatignon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management

Faculty Affiliate, Wharton Social Impact Initiative & Penn Center for Africana Studies

 

Aline Gatignon is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School. She completed her Ph.D. in Strategic Management at  INSEAD, and previously received a M.A. in Development Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po). Aline’s research explains how firms can collaborate with governments and non-profit organizations to solve large-scale socio-environmental and economic problems of mutual concern. She mainly focuses on how these problems can be overcome in emerging markets, where weak formal institutions often make such problems particularly salient. A central characteristic of Aline’s work is that her analyses draw on both qualitative and quantitative data that she collects from the field, across multiple countries and types of organization. The empirical settings that she studies include cosmetics in Brazil,  healthcare partnerships in Africa, Corporate Social Responsibility in India, global environmental nonprofits as well as last-mile logistics and corporate disaster response worldwide. As a result, she is able to examine her phenomenon of interest from different angles so as to, over time, build a deep understanding of the mechanisms connecting cross-sector partnerships to social and performance outcomes. Aline’s research and pedagogical case studies on this topic have been recognized with several awards, including the Strategic Management Society Best PhD Paper Award and the European Foundation for Management Development case study competition award. Her work has been listed as part of INSEAD’s “50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas” series. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal.

 

SPONSORSHIP IN ACADEMIC MEDICINE

Sponsorship/Sponsoree Dyad Panel Session

Key Objectives:

  1. Define sponsorship and recognize the roles that sponsorship can play in promoting career development

  2. Differentiate sponsorship from mentorship, and identify unique roles of sponsors and mentors

  3. Evaluate how sponsorship can accelerate the professional development of both the sponsoree and the sponsor

April 22, 2022 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Facilitator:
Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH

Leslye M. Heisler Associate Professor for Lung Cancer Excellence

Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Dyads:

Brian T. Fisher, DO, MSCE, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology

Division of Infectious Diseases

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Caitlin Elgarten, MD

Instructor, Pediatrics

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Eydie Miller Ellis, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Director, Glaucoma Service, VA Medical Center

Director, Glaucoma Fellowship Program, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Director, Glaucoma Service, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Department of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

 

Ahmara Ross, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Kristy L. Weber, MD

Abramson Family Professor in Sarcoma Care Excellence

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cara Alessandra Cipriano, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

FOCUS in collaboration with

the Office of Academic Affairs presents:

An overview and discussion of the promotion process  

(Note: this session was designed for CE and Tenure track faculty only, please)

The goal of the presentation to review the current promotion process at the Perelman School of Medicine. An important part of the presentation will be your questions and comments.

April 25, 2022 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Via Zoom

David J. Margolis, MD PhD

Professor of Dermatology
Professor of Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania

 

Bio: Dr. Margolis's research work is focused on the epidemiology and treatment of chronic wounds and other dermatological illnesses. He has been the Principal Investigator of several NIH, industry, and foundation grants, such as developing a prediction model for treating venous leg ulcers, the genetics of the persistence of atopic dermatitis and gene therapy phase I studies treating venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Margolis's clinical focus is on the treatment of chronic wounds of the skin and general dermatology. He is currently a board member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. He is currently the Chair of the PSOM Committee on Appointments and Promotions (COAP).

FOCUS in collaboration with

the Office of Academic Affairs presents:

Keys to Success on the Academic Clinician Track

(Note: this session was designed for AC track faculty only, please)

The focus of the Academic Clinician Track is excellence in clinical care and excellence in education. AC Faculty are expected to develop an Area of Concentration (AOC) in which they develop special knowledge and expertise. The track provides great flexibility and career opportunities for faculty. This session will promote discussion about how to be successful on the AC track and what is looked for at the time of promotion. 

April 28, 2022 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Announced.

James M. Callahan, MD

Division of Emergency Medicine 
Medical Director, Global Pediatric Education
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Chair of the Academic Clinician Advisory Committee to the PSOM COAP
Perelman School of Medicine
 

 

Bio: Dr. James Callahan is a pediatric emergency medicine physician who provides care to children and adolescents at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University and trained in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at CHOP. He has held multiple educational leadership positions at CHOP. His academic interests include emergency medical services and prehospital care for children and mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. He has served as Chair of the Academic Clinician Advisory Committee

 

FOCUS in collaboration with the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society presents “Inaugural AOA Visiting Professor, Dr. Patricia Gabow”:

Women Healthcare Leaders

Dr. Gabow will give a 30 minute presentation about her recent book, TIME'S NOW for Women Healthcare Leaders: A Guide for the Journey.  This will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A. An important part of the presentation will be your questions and comments.

April 28, 2022 (Thursday), 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Location: Law Auditorium, Jordan Medical Education Center 5th Floor

Patricia A. Gabow, MD, MACP

Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine

 

Bio:  Dr. Gabow is a national leader in delivery system innovation and the care of vulnerable populations. She retired in 2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA), an integrated health care system serving one of the poorest populations in the state of Colorado. Patricia A. Gabow, MD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in April 2013. Gabow serves as chairperson of the Lown Institute Board. Previously she served as a founding member of the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).   Earlier in Gabow’s career, she was an academic practitioner and medical researcher in nephrology focusing on polycystic kidney disease. She is the author of more than 130 articles, 37 books and book chapters, and a recent book, TIME’S NOW for Women Healthcare Leaders: A Guide to the Journey. She has received numerous awards, including the National Academy of Medicine’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award, the American Medical Association Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Public Servant, the National Healthcare Leadership Award, the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Health Quality Leader Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; she is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Social Insurance.  Gabow graduated from Seton Hill University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is professor emerita of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a master of the American College of Physicians.

Me, Biased? Recognizing and Blocking Bias

In this session, learn how to recognize and reduce bias that creeps into everyday decisions in the academy and medicine – both at the individual and institutional levels. The session will also explore why diversity and inclusion together make for better research and health care.

May 3, 2022 (Tuesday), 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Location: Via Zoom

Charlene E. Le Fauve, PhD

Senior Advisor to the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
NIH Office of the Director

 

Bio: Dr. Le Fauve became the first Senior Advisor to the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) in December 2016. In this integral role, Dr. Le Fauve supports COSWD Dr. Marie Bernard by helping to lead NIH efforts to promote diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in the biomedical research enterprise through evidence-based approaches. Among Dr. Le Fauve’s key responsibilities is managing a federal workforce program that aims to eliminate or reduce barriers in the recruitment, inclusion, retention, career advancement, and leadership development of biomedical researchers from underrepresented populations. She recently oversaw the design and implementation of three surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic related to its impacts on underrepresented groups in academic science. Dr. Le Fauve was also a driving force behind the NIH Workplace Climate and Harassment Survey, part of a plan to eliminate sexual harassment in the NIH internal and external workforces.  Dr. Le Fauve has more than 24 years of federal service in leadership and health scientist roles. She was previously with the National Institute of Mental Health, where she served as Deputy Director of the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health. Before that, Dr. Le Fauve was Senior Policy Coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services. She has also held positions at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Le Fauve studied clinical psychology and behavioral medicine at the University of Georgia after completing her undergraduate education at Howard University.            

Processing the SCOTUS Leak:
Health care implications of the
dissolution of Roe v Wade

May 18, 2022 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Location: Virtual

Alhambra Frarey, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Family Planning, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Penn Medicine

 

Denene Wambach, Esquire

Associate General Counsel
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Affirming Personal Priorities

in the Midst of a Professional Career

May 23, 2022 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Via Zoom

Ashok Linganna, MD, MSEd

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Clerkship Director for the Internal Medicine Sub-Internship, University of Pennsylvania
Site Director for Internal Medicine Sub-Internship - HUP Site, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director for UME for the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

 

Mira Mamtani MD MSEd

Associate Director, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women

Associate Residency Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jay J. Mehta, MD, MSEd

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Clerkship Director for the Internal Medicine Sub-Internship, University of Pennsylvania
Site Director for Internal Medicine Sub-Internship - HUP Site, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director for UME for the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Bios:

Dr. Ashok Linganna is a physician that specializes in managing the care of patients within the hospital. Dr. Linganna is the Director of Medicine Sub-Internship, the Associate Director for UME in Internal Medicine and the Chair of Hospitalist Education Group. He practices at the at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and at the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse in the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital. He joined UPHS in 2015 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. His interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education, oral presentation skills, wellness and burnout, creating safe and effective learning environments, faculty development, and taking care of complex medical patients. Dr. Ashok Linganna earned his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2011 and completed his residency as well as a Chief Residency at the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Since joining the University of Pennsylvania, he has received a Master’s Degree of Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with a focus on medical education. He has been an invited speaker locally and nationally to talk about how to create effective learning environments for students, residents, fellows, and attendings. He currently is working to create a novel asynchronous learning environment for students to help their oral presentation skills.

 

Dr. Mira Mamtani is an Associate Professor and an Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mamtani received a BS in Psychology at Stony Brook University where she studied the role of bias in decision-making, a MD at Stony Brook Medical School, and a Masters in Medical Education at the Penn Graduate School of Education acquiring advanced training in adult learning theory and qualitative research methodology. During emergency medicine residency training Dr. Mamtani received formal training in quality improvement and has since participated in several inter-departmental quality improvement processes resulting in decreased variation in patient care and funds for the department. Since 2013, Dr. Mamtani has served the role of Associate Residency Program Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, since 2019 has served as an education co-chair for the Center for Health Equity and Advancement, and since 2020 has served as associate director for FOCUS on Health & Leadership Women. Her educational and research mission is to optimize the clinical learning environment: specifically examining the role of bias in learner’s capacity to learn, ability to perform, and impact on patient care. Dr. Mamtani lives in center city, is married to a physician at Penn, and has two wonderful young children.

Dr. Jay Mehta is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He serves as a pediatric rheumatologist, Program Director for the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship, and Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is the Academic Director for the Research and Capstone Blocks of Penn GSE’s master’s program in Medical Education. He graduated from this program in 2018.  He is currently funded by a three-year Rheumatology Research Foundation Clinician Scholar Educator Award to use a qualitative approach to study how pediatrics residents and early career pediatric rheumatologists navigate career transitions. He is also a Founder and Leadership Council Member for the CHOP Center for Learning and Innovation in Medical Education.  He was recently awarded a CHOP Department of Pediatrics Chairs Initiative to lead the development of a Clinical Skills Coaching Program  for CHOP trainees and faculty physicians.  Nationally, he serves as the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Association (CARRA) Rare Diseases Chair and recently completed a 3-year term as Chair of the American College of Rheumatology Pediatrics Committee.

The US Maternal Healthcare Crisis

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June 16, 2022 (Thursday), 12:00  - 1:00 PM, Location: Via Zoom

Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP

Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Bio:  Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, is the Harrison McCrea Dickson President’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Howell was the Founding Director of the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Howell is a NIH-funded ob/gyn health services researcher and her major research interests lie at the intersection between quality of care and disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. She has served on several expert committees including for the Institute of Medicine, NIH, the Joint Commission, ACOG, and international external scientific advisory boards. She co-chaired the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Working Group on Reduction of Peripartum Racial Disparities, served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes for New York State and the New York City Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Steering Committee for the New York City Department of Health, and testified in Congress for maternal healthcare legislation. She has provided testimony to the U.S Commission on Civil Rights on racial disparities in maternal health and co-chaired the National Quality Forum Committee on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. Dr. Howell was recently invited to the White House by Vice President Harris to participate in a roundtable on Black Maternal Health. Many media outlets have featured Dr. Howell, including NPR, ProPublica, the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The New York Times, and Essence Magazine. She recently shared her research on quality of care, maternal mortality and morbidity, and racial and ethnic disparities in a TEDMED talk that has garnered nearly two million views.

 

Dr. Howell received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received her medical and public policy degrees at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received her residency training at Cornell /New York Hospital and her post-doctoral training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale Medical School.

SPECIAL JUNETEENTH LECTURE with dr. raegan mcdonald-mosley Hosted by the cpup committee on anti-racism and co-sponsored by the dept. of obgyn and FOCUS

reproductive oppression yesterday and today
and why it matters

June 20, 2022 (Monday), 5:30 PM, Via Zoom

 
 
 

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