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.

2021-2022 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 6-month program required pre-registration for all sessions and the call for applications is now closed and the program is filled.

 

The FOCUS Writing Group Program


The FOCUS Writing Group Program is a structured workshop providing junior woman faculty with tools to become more successful in producing peer reviewed publications. The curriculum addresses common strategies for scholarly productivity and provides facilitator and "peer mentoring" to stimulate your academic output. This program is focused on manuscript writing, NOT grant writing. The FOCUS Writing Group will meet twice a month on Tuesdays starting September 14, 2021 through March 22, 2022. 

Program Dates: (All Tuesdays September 2021 – March 2022 for a total of fourteen sessions):  2021: Sept. 14th, Sept. 28th, Oct. 5th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 9th, Nov. 23rd, Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th and 2022: Jan. 11th, Jan. 25th, Feb. 8th, Feb. 22nd, Mar. 8th, Mar. 22nd.    

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

Frances K. Barg, PhD

Professor

Family Medicine and Community Health
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Ellen J. Kim, MD

Professor, Department of Dermatology

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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.

Panel Session with Women Chairs:
Career Trajectories and Challenges

 

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

 

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.

January 20, 2022 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To be determined

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. 

Imposter Syndrome, Risk and Confidence

 

January 27, 2022 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To be determined

Hillary R. Bogner, MD, MSCE

Director of Research Programs, FOCUS
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Vice Chair for Research, 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: 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.

Global Genomics and Health Equity

 

February 21, 2022 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To be determined

Sarah Tishkoff, PhD

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor

Department of Biology

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences

Departments of Genetics

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

BIO: Forthcoming

 

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

 

March 15, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To be determined

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

 

March 29, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Facilitator:
 

Rinad Beidas, PhD

Associate Professor

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

Director, Implementation Research

Penn Center for Mental Health | Department of Psychiatry| Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy |
Perelman School of Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Mira Mamtani MD MSEd

Associate Director, FOCUS
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

Jennifer S. Myers, MD, FHM, FACP

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS)

Director of Quality & Safety Education, Department of Medicine

Director of Faculty Development, Section of Hospital Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Shazia Siddique, MD MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
Co-Director, Quality & Safety, Inpatient GI Gut service, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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: To Be Determined

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.

 

Affirming Personal Priorities
in the Midst of a Professional Career

April 12, 2022 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Mira Mamtani MD MSEd

Associate Director, FOCUS
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, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Program Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

 

Bios: Forthcoming

TITLE OF TALK TO BE ANNOUNCED

May 3, 2022 (Tuesday), 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Charlene Le Fauve, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health

Deputy Director (ORDGMH) and Chief for Mental Health Disparities Research, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Senior Policy Coordinator, US Department of Health and Human Services, Immediate Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat

 

Bio: Forthcoming

 

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