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.

2020-2021 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.

 

FOCUS CHAT: Crowd Sourcing for Potential Strategies at the Institutional level to address the Challenges of COVID-19 for Women Faculty: A Call for Ideas

 

AUGUST 25, 2020 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 12:45 PM, Location: Virtual Session via Zoom

 

Follow-up FOCUS Chat: Crowd Sourcing for Potential Strategies at the Institutional level to address the Challenges of COVID-19 for Women Faculty: A Call for Ideas

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 (Thursday), 12:00 - 12:45 PM, Location: Virtual Session via Zoom
 

In the Wake of a Pandemic

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

 

A wake can cause rapid, long-lasting destruction but it also has the ability to propel us forward. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our personal and professional lives and transformed how we deliver care. How have the events of 2020 changed our priorities?

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD
Senior Vice President, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania
Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine
Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD was appointed Senior Vice-President for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania and Vice Dean for Professional Services at the Perelman School of Medicine in October 2019 after serving as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health for 14 years. She maintains a clinical practice in the Divisions of Reproductive Genetics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Driscoll is internationally known for her research on the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and for her expertise on genetic screening and the care of women with genetic conditions. Dr. Driscoll was the principal investigator of the NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) career development program and the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of several awards including a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership award, FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine, and the Perelman School of Medicine Elizabeth Kirk Rose, MD Women in Medicine Award and the Alumni Service Award. Dr. Driscoll has served on numerous committees for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and as chair of CPUP Clinical Operations Committee and chair of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Board. Nationally, she has served as Treasurer of the American College of Medical Genetics, President of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology and President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, FOCUS is hosting several special events for Penn Women
 

Women, Politics and the Uncertain Road Ahead

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

 

How are women shaping American politics in 2020? What did we learn from the historic number of women who ran in 2018 and won, and from the historic number who ran for president in 2020...and lost?


How is the media covering women's electoral participation, as voters and as vice-presidential candidates, and how has media coverage changed in recent years?


Rebecca Traister, who writes about women in politics from a feminist perspective, will weigh in on these questions, as well as addressing the role of women's rage in social and political change, the relationship of activism and electoral politics, the role of white women's anger in conservative politics, and how women are navigating and being taxed by the current global health and economic crisis.

Special Guest Speaker:

Rebecca Traister, Journalist, New York Magazine; Author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger and All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and The Rise of An Independent Nation

REBECCA TRAISTER is writer at large for New York magazine. A winner of a National Magazine Award and the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion Writing, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective forThe New Republic and Salon and has also contributed toThe Nation,The New York Observer,The New York Times andThe Washington Post. She is the author of Good and Mad and All the Single Ladies, both New York Times best-sellers, and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry. She lives in New York with her family.

FOCUS CHAT: Changing the Culture at Penn Medicine: An Open Discussion with Vice Dean Eve Higginbotham

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 (Tuesday), 3:30 - 4:15 PM, Location: Virtual Session via Zoom

FACILITATORS: FOCUS Leadership

INVITED GUEST:

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML
Vice Dean for Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics
Professor of Ophthalmology
Perelman School of Medicine

FOLLOW-UP FOCUS CHAT: Changing the Culture at Penn Medicine: An Open Discussion with Vice Dean Eve Higginbotham

OCTOBER 12, 2020 (Monday), 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Location: Virtual Session via Zoom

FACILITATORS: FOCUS Leadership

INVITED GUEST:

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML
Vice Dean for Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics
Professor of Ophthalmology
Perelman School of Medicine

 

Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine at Warp Speed

OCTOBER 15, 2020 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Typically, vaccines take 15-20 years to develop. Nonetheless, in all likelihood, the vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 will be developed in 1.5 years. This talk will focus on how this is possible and whether the rush to develop this vaccine will result in problems down the road.

This session was recorded and here is the link and passcode to watch this seminar.

https://upenn.zoom.us/rec/share/DPrgKmB5PfLcFCp2_sEri7per31ZSwS_rDf8cqZBGxw-QWH8htYJCCxT6ixRAbDr.9yg6pPSQczYbADlu?startTime=1602775269000

Password: +f1L26eb

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 fro 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).

Women Who Have Stepped Out of the Box

OCTOBER 20, 2020 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

PANELISTS:

Sara B. Kinsman, MD, MSCE, PhD
Director, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor of Population Health and Health Equity
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Professor of Healthcare Management
Professor of Family and Community Health

Susan C. Nicholson, MD, FIDSA
Vice President, Women’s Health
Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Johnson & Johnson

 

Sara B, Kinsman, MD, MSCE, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health. Dr. Kinsman served as the Director of the Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH) in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In that role, she helped provide services, promoted education, and supported policies to promote optimal child development and resiliency.


Prior to joining the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Dr. Kinsman was an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of Inpatient Adolescent Services. In that role, Dr. Kinsman co-authored and co-edited: Reaching Teens: Strength-based Communication to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development, which was awarded First Place by the American Medical Writers Association in the Health Care Professionals Category in 2014. Dr. Kinsman received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed her General Pediatric Residency and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.. Dr. Kinsman completed a PhD in Sociology with a focus on adolescence and the family and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has received grant funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Maternal Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NICHD.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PIK Professor of Health Policy and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the President Emerita and Former CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position she held for nearly 15 years. During her tenure at RWJF, she spearheaded both health initiatives such as creating healthier, more equitable communities; strengthening the integration of health systems and services; and ensuring every child in the United States has the opportunity to grow up at a healthy weight. This work culminated in the Foundation’s vision of building a Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. A specialist in geriatrics, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey came to the Foundation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems. She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. In previous years, she worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and served on numerous federal advisory committees. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society, and a former member the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. She currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents as well as several other boards.

Susan C. Nicholson, MD, FIDSA is responsible for developing an overarching strategy for Johnson & Johnson in Women’s Health, with a first priority in maternal health. J&J has a long history in mother and baby care dating back to the very early days of the company. While J&J has contributed to improving maternal and child health around the globe for more than 100 years, maternal morbidity and mortality is still too high with 50% or more of these events being preventable. Collectively, J&J with partners around the world need to reimagine how we can develop and deliver science-based, effective solutions to women and their healthcare providers. Not only is this imperative for women, but impacts her infant child for life, her family and her community. Dr. Nicholson brings a depth of experience to women’s health, having spent more than 20 years in the healthcare industry in a variety of roles in research and development, medical affairs, and medical safety. She is a trained internist with fellowship training in infectious diseases and clinical pharmacology for The New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in Biophysics, and her medical doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sponsorship in Academic Medicine

 

OCTOBER 27, 2020 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom 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

FACILITATOR:

Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH
Leslye M. Heisler Associate Professor for Lung Cancer Excellence
Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

PANELISTS:

M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Harold I. Feldman, MD, MSCE
George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Director of Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Medicine
Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Abramson Cancer Center
Advisory Dean, Dr. Helen O. Dickens House, Perelman School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Lynn M. Schuchter, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Department of Medicine
Director, Tara Miller Melanoma Center
C. Willard Robinson Professor of Hematology-Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania



Dr. Aggarwal is the Leslye Heisler Associate Professor of Medicine in the Hematology-Oncology Division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Aggarwal specializes in the management of patients with lung cancer, with a specific and clinical research focus on the development of novel immunotherapeutic approaches, and the discovery and application of biomarkers to guide therapy and monitor treatment. She serves as the local and national principle investigator for multiple clinical trials focusing on the development of “targeted” immunotherapeutic approaches including cellular therapy and CAR-T for solid tumors. Dr. Aggarwal has led trials evaluating the role of plasma-based next generation sequencing in the management of patients with metastatic lung cancer. She has extensive experience in the planning, design and execution of clinical trials, is an active member of ECOG, and has served as a national sub-study chair for SWOG-NCI’s LUNG-MAP. She has served on the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), ASCO Education Committee and is a selected participant of the ASCO Leadership Development Program’s class of 2020. Dr. Aggarwal’s ultimate goal as a clinical and translational investigator is to perform patient-centered, scientifically relevant novel immunotherapy clinical trials that will make a tangible impact and advance our understanding of immunotherapy in patients with Lung Cancer.

Dr. Delgado is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology and a practicing trauma center emergency physician. He leads the Behavioral Science & Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) lab, which applies data science and behavioral economics for preventing injuries and for improving acute care. BeSAFIR has three complementary lines of research: 1) Analysis of large health system, state, and national datasets of emergency department encounters to elucidate opportunities to improve emergency and trauma care and to prevent injuries; 2) Development and testing of health system interventions for promoting opioid stewardship for acute pain management and for facilitating the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department. Dr. Delgado currently leads the Acute Pain Workgroup of the University Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force; 3) Development and testing of interventions for preventing motor vehicle crashes from distracted and alcohol-impaired driving by leveraging smartphone technology and insights from behavioral economics. This work includes partnerships with large U.S. auto-insurers. Dr. Delgado's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a Senior Scholar in the Center Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Senior Fellow, and a faculty member in the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research (CECPR), the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). He has previously served as a member of the NASEM Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities and the Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain. He received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and his M.S. in Health Services Research from Stanford University.

Dr. Feldman’s academic leadership focuses on new thinking and novel approaches to understanding health and disease. He currently directs the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where experts from all across the Perelman School of Medicine gather to investigate a broad array of population-health-science questions related to clinical medicine. His key research addresses the epidemiology of kidney diseases—particularly, disease management from chronic kidney dysfunction to end stage—and he leads several related, major national clinical research networks of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK). Among them, he is the national study chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC)—NIH’s largest-ever follow-up study of chronic kidney disease, its causes and consequences—which is making fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. As CRIC’s national study chair, he also leads its scientific and data coordinating center located at Penn. Under his leadership, CRIC has brought forward many findings that promise to advance novel therapies to lessen worldwide the morbidity and rate of death due to kidney disease. Dr. Feldman is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the past president of the American College of Epidemiology. His published scholarship—more than 300 research publications—has appeared in many leading biomedical journals. His work has also been recognized through membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Epidemiological Society. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a fellowship in nephrology and graduate-level epidemiology training at the University of Pennsylvania.

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 UPHS 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.

Dr. Schuchter is the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s C. Willard Robinson Professor of Hematology/Oncology. She also serves as the Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, a role she has held since 2007. She is the Director of the newly established Tara Miller Melanoma Center at the Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Schuchter is a recognized expert in the field of melanoma, her clinical and clinical research career has concentrated on the development of new treatments for patients with melanoma. Dr. Schuchter has a strong commitment to and passion for mentorship, especially women. She has shown by example and through her leadership to promote and pave the way for women at Penn and for women and men in oncology, and has a proven record of training physicians and scientists interested in both translational and clinical oncology research, with a particular interest in the mentorship of junior faculty. In 2019, she was awarded ASCO’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award in recognition of her long standing commitment to mentorship.

FOCUS CHAT: Providing a space for women colleagues to share around the events in our community and beyond

 

NOVEMBER 2, 2020 (Monday), 12:00 - 12:45 PM, Location: Virtual Session via Zoom

 

Picture A Scientist Screening & Discussion

NOVEMBER 12, 2020 (Thursday), 12:00 - 12:45 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women (PSOM) and the Penn Forum for Women Faculty (University) are excited to co-sponsor a film screening of the documentary, Picture a Scientist along with a virtual discussion of the film.

This feature-length documentary, selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the journey of three women scientists and their experiences with overt harassment and implicit bias. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Furthermore, Dr. Burks speaks honestly and courageously about the challenges of being a Black woman in academia. The film also includes supporting data and insights from twenty other science luminaries working to make science more diverse and inclusive. Watch the trailer here.

Operationalizing Inclusion in Academic Medicine: What We Know and Don't Know

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2020 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

This talk will present findings from mixed methods studies on what factors shape an inclusive culture within our organizations and the relationship between inclusion, professionalism and wellness of our health care workforce.

Jaya Aysola, MD, DTMH, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Dean, Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Executive Director and Founder, The Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement

Jaya Aysola MD, DTMH, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Equity Advancement and Assistant Dean of Inclusion and Diversity at Perelman School of Medicine. An assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, her research centers on evaluating system, provider, and patient level strategies to improve the uptake and quality of health care and health for marginalized populations and stems from her prior clinical, administrative, and policy experiences. Her work has led to publications in JAMA Network, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine. Dr. Aysola received a Bachelors of Science from University of Michigan, with high distinction in Anthropology and Zoology, and her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. After residency, she served as a diplomate from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, spending significant time in Cambodia, Thailand, and India developing and implementing care delivery models in resource constrained settings. Her international experience translated well to care delivery in New Orleans, La., during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Aysola served as the Medical Director of the New Orleans Children's Health Project, a safety net clinic she developed to provide integrated primary care and behavioral health services in English and Spanish to marginalized populations after the storm. Dr. Aysola thereafter received her Master of Public Health in Health Care Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, through the Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Minority Health Policy Fellowship, followed by a two-year general medicine research fellowship at the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School. During this time, she continued her clinical work for vulnerable populations as an attending physician for women and children at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Her extensive and varied work experiences guides her research inquiries, which consistently have focused on evaluating how health care models can improve access and care for those most in need.

 

20 tips for Communicating Science on Twitter

 

DECEMBER 8, 2020 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

In the age of social distancing, communicating your scientific work in multiple ways is more important than ever. Over my 12 years on Twitter, I’ve found it’s a great avenue for promoting my work both to a wide range of peers and to science fans at large. It’s helped me to attract students and postdocs, to stay informed, and to express opinions as a “curator” of science-related news. Interested? Join me to learn 20 Tips for Science Communication on Twitter.


Jason H. Moore, PhD, FACMI
Edward Rose Professor of Informatics
Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Director, Division of Informatics,
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Informatics
Senior Associate Dean for Informatics
The Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Jason Moore is the Edward Rose Professor of Informatics and Director of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics. He also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Informatics and Director of the Division of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He came to Penn in 2015 from Dartmouth where was Director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. Prior to Dartmouth he served as Director of the Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education at Vanderbilt University. He has a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan. He leads an active NIH-funded research program focused on the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for the analysis of complex biomedical data with a focus on genetics and genomics. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), and was selected as a Kavli fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Clinician Psychological and Physical Health: What the Data Show and Setting the Path Forward

 

JANUARY 13, 2021 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

How can some of the occupational stressors of working as a clinician affect our psychological and physical health? How do we design work systems optimized to support clinician well-being and health that may also improve patient care? In this talk, we provide a broad summary of literature from diverse fields from medicine, health psychology, and occupational health on clinician psychological and physical health, with the goal of introducing a broad research agenda for clinician well-being.


Bernard P. Chang, MD, PhD
Vice Chair of Research
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

 Dr. Chang is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University. A practicing emergency physician and research psychologist, he focuses on neurological and psychiatric emergencies, with expertise in the psychological and physiological effects of stress in both patients and clinicians. He has received grant funding at the institutional, state, and federal level, and is currently the PI of a NIH funded study of long-term emergency clinician psychological and cardiovascular health. He received his PhD from Harvard in Psychology, his MD from Stanford and completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prior to medical school, he served as a sailboat captain doing boat deliveries internationally.

 

Balancing Priorities in our COVID World: Good enough is Perfection

 

January 26, 2021 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

An interactive session for faculty focused on identifying barriers to meeting personal goals and developing specific strategies for affirming/attaining these goals in the midst of our COVID World.

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

 

Mira Mamtani MD MSEd

Associate Residency Program Director   

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

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 Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and 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.

 

Mira Mamtani MD MSEd is an Assistant 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.

Promoting Wellness and Preventing Burnout through Art Making

 

February 2, 2021 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

This session will center on the role of the arts in helping with increasing engagement with our medical practice, and creating a respite from burnout. Dr. Moghbeli will share examples based on her dual careers in Cardiology and Art, and provide some simple suggestions for incorporating art into our daily lives, regardless of prior experience.

 

Nazanin Moghbeli, MD
Director, Cardiac Care Unit

Einstein Medical Center 

 

Dr. Moghbeli is the Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center. She founded and directed the first Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Penn Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, then served as Associate Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Penn Radnor prior to joining Einstein. Dr. Moghbeli received her medical and public health degrees at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Harvard, and a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is board-certified in cardiology, echocardiography, in medical humanities for medical schools throughout the United States and Europe.

 

Developing your Science Pitch Speech (up to 3 minutes) and Your Science Elevator Pitch (30- 45 seconds)

 

February 24, 2021 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

There is tremendous value in having a well-prepared science pitch. An effective pitch requires forethought and preparation. We all certainly know the importance of our own work, but verbally conveying this to those outside of our field is challenging.  

 

This session will help participants develop personalized explanations of their science using the following format:

  • Participants will have 3 minutes to present their work with the understanding that is a mixed audience who may not understand the intricacies of the science but ultimately could impact the participant’s ability to take the science to the next level.

  • Although participants will come to the session with a script of the pitch, they will present the pitch with no notes to peers and the faculty panel. 

  • Following each pitch, participants will receive feedback from peers as well as from the faculty panel.

  • Participants will then do a true 45 second elevator speech and obtain feedback.

 

Homework: Each participant will be expected to come to the session having prepared a written “Science Elevator Pitch.”

 

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

 

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Senior Scholar, Penn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Director, Penn Psoriatic Arthritis Clinic, University of Pennsylvania

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Director of Professional Development, FOCUS

Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics

Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

 

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 Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and 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.

 

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research program is focused psoriatic arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory arthritis with potentially devastating outcomes that affects around 30% of patients with psoriasis. The mission of her research program is to improve outcomes in PsA through patient-centered center research aiming to develop improved methods of early identification, outcome measures and personalized medicine strategies. She is an expert in the care of patients with PsA and founder and Director of the Penn Psoriatic Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis Program. She completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology in order to integrate pharmacoepidemiology and observational methodology into studies of PsA.  Her areas of expertise include epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology in inflammatory arthritis, biostatistical methods for observational studies (e.g., complex time to event modeling, prediction modeling), outcome measures (e.g., qualitative and quantitative/psychometric assessment), and more general qualitative methods.  Additionally, she is an expert in the use of large databases such as The Health Improvement Network to study disease outcomes in inflammatory arthritis.  

 

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Prevention and Population Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Lucy serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals to the provision of health-related services for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. Lucy is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program promoting advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. In this capacity, she has developed professional skill building curricula, as well as curricula designed to offer women (and men) faculty and trainees opportunities to identify and work towards the fulfillment of personal and professional goals. Due to her role in FOCUS, she was a co-investigator on the unique RO1 funded NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) study. Lucy served as an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and at its conclusion became an Associate Director until 2020 for the National Clinician Scholars Program. In these roles, she co-directed a career development curriculum and also provided expertise for community-focused efforts. Due to her experience in professional and career development, Lucy co-directs other related initiatives focused on faculty and trainees at the Perelman School of Medicine. Since 2013, along with a multidisciplinary team of Penn colleagues, Lucy developed and co-leads the Penn Pathways career leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEMM fields.

 

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

 

March 15, 2021 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

This session which evolved from discussions sparked by the viewing of a FOCUS & PFWF co-sponsored film screening and virtual discussion of the documentary Picture a Scientist and is open to all faculty and trainees.

 

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.

3rd Annual Anastasia Lyalenko Memorial Lecture

Women In Medicine: Creating A JEDI Healthcare System

MARCH 9, 2021 (Tuesday), 6:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session
 

Hosted by the FOCUS Section for Women Residents & Fellows

Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, FRCP, FIDSA
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians

Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

All Are Welcome

 

Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Moyer is a founding member of Time’s Up Healthcare, a nonprofit organization created to address pay inequities among health-care professionals, as well as to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Prior to becoming EVP and CEO, Dr. Moyer was a Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She received the Temple University School of Medicine Women in Medicine Mentoring Award in 2012.

Forty years with coronaviruses

 

MARCH 11, 2021 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Dr. Weiss will present a history of coronavirus research, including three zoonotic coronaviruses that have emerged into humans in the twenty-first century, leading up to the pandemic we are living with currently. She will weave into her talk her own personal story of working with coronaviruses for the last forty years while she moved through her career as a faculty member at Penn. She will also talk about coronavirus biology and how it informs us about vaccine development, antiviral therapies and preparing for future emerging coronavirus.


Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Microbiology
Co-Director, Penn Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Susan Weiss obtained her PhD in Microbiology from Harvard University working on paramyxoviruses and did postdoctoral training in retroviruses at University of California, San Francisco. She came to Penn as an Assistant Professor in 1980, and is currently Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Microbiology and Co-director of the Penn Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as Associate Dean for Biomedical Postdoc Programs (2010-2019). She has worked on many aspects of coronavirus replication and pathogenesis over the last forty years, making contributions to understanding the basic biology as well as organ tropism and virulence. She has worked with murine coronavirus (MHV), MERS-CoV and most recently SARS-CoV-2. Her work for the last ten years has focused on coronavirus interaction with the host innate immune response and viral innate antagonists of double-stranded RNA induced antiviral pathways. Her other research interests include activation and antagonism of the antiviral oligoadenylate-ribonuclease L (OAS-RNase L) pathway, flavivirus- primarily Zika- virus-host interactions and pathogenic effects of host endogenous dsRNA.

Negotiation in Academic Medicine:
Narratives from Senior Leaders

 

April 30, 2021 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

The panelists will discuss their personal negotiation view, especially as a leader.  They will share personal vignettes, challenges, pearls and their shared experiences of counseling junior faculty.

FACILITATOR:

 

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Director of Professional Development, FOCUS

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 STEMM Faculty


PANELISTS:

 

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD

Senior Vice President, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania

Vice Dean for Professional Services, Perelman School of Medicine

Luigi Mastroianni, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Harold I. Feldman, MD, MSCE

George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Director of Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Eydie G. Miller, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs

Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

BIOS:

Deborah A. Driscoll, MD was appointed Senior Vice-President for the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania and Vice Dean for Professional Services at the Perelman School of Medicine in October 2019 after serving as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health for 14 years.  She maintains a clinical practice in the Divisions of Reproductive Genetics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  A graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Medicine, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Driscoll is internationally known for her research on the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and for her expertise on genetic screening and the care of women with genetic conditions.  Dr. Driscoll was the principle investigator of the NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) career development program and the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of several awards including a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, AAMC Women in Medicine and Science Leadership award, FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine, and the Perelman School of Medicine Elizabeth Kirk Rose, MD Women in Medicine award and the Alumni Service award.  Dr. Driscoll has served on numerous committees for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and as chair of CPUP Clinical Operations Committee and chair of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Board.  Nationally, she has served as Treasurer of the American College of Medical Genetics, President of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology and President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an honorary fellow of  the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

 

Dr. Feldman’s academic leadership focuses on new thinking and novel approaches to understanding health and disease. He is past chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics and currently directs the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where experts from all across the Perelman School of Medicine gather to investigate a broad array of population-health-science questions related to clinical medicine.  His key research addresses the epidemiology of kidney diseases—particularly, disease management from chronic kidney dysfunction to end stage—and he leads several related, major national clinical research networks of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK). Among them, he is the national study chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study (CRIC)—NIH’s largest-ever follow-up study of chronic kidney disease, its causes and consequences—which is making fundamental insights into the epidemiology, management, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. As CRIC’s national study chair,  he also leads its scientific and data coordinating center located at Penn. Under his leadership, CRIC has brought forward many findings that promise to advance novel therapies to lessen worldwide the morbidity and rate of death due to kidney disease. Dr. Feldman is the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the past president of the American College of Epidemiology. His published scholarship—more than 300 research publications—has appeared in many leading biomedical journals. His work has also been recognized through membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Epidemiological Society.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a fellowship in nephrology and graduate-level epidemiology training at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Dr. Miller-Ellis Miller-Ellis is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Diversity at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.  She also serves as the Chief of Glaucoma Service and Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Program at the Scheie Eye Institute and Director of Glaucoma at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Dr. Miller-Ellis has lectured nationally and internationally on glaucoma diagnosis and management, and on training the eye care team. Her research interests include risk factors for the development and progression of glaucoma, pharmacological and surgical treatment of glaucoma, and diagnostic techniques. She is very involved in resident education and is a three-time recipient of the Surgical Teaching Award at the Scheie Eye Institute. She has also received the Suzanne Veronneau Troutman Mentorship Award from Women in Ophthalmology, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Department of Ophthalmology at the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award in 2008 and the Senior Achievement Award in 2015. In 2014, Dr. Miller-Ellis was elected to the Academy of Master Clinicians at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also been recognized by Best Doctors in America and named a Top Doctor in Philadelphia Magazine.  She is Co-Director of the Rabb-Venable Excellence in Research Program for the National Medical Association, Ophthalmology Section. This program is geared toward increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in ophthalmology residencies and academic ophthalmology and is supported by a grant from the National Eye Institute.  She is also Past President of the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Dr. Miller-Ellis has shown an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the careers and goals of women and minorities in medicine.  She serves as the Diversity Officer on the Ophthalmology Department Committee on Appointments and Promotions.  Dr. Miller-Ellis’s efforts to advance women and minorities in Ophthalmology is evident through her commitment to mentorship.  Dr. Miller-Ellis is a surgical mentor for junior faculty, helping them make the transition to becoming independent surgeons.  Dr. Miller-Ellis is also a recognized sponsor, nominating junior faculty to be speakers at academic meetings or to serve on national committees, thereby supporting their regional and national exposure.  In 2019, Dr. Miller-Ellis won the FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine, which recognizes a faculty member at Penn Medicine, male or female, whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted the career success, leadership, and overall quality of life for Penn women in academic medicine.

 

The Only one in the room

May 13, 2021 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

The new buzz words for 2020/2021 are social equity, diversity and racial equality, yet these terms have been interwoven into the fabric of my 28-year career as a physician and a patient advocate.  Join me as I share how the labels that I have shed have helped me craft a career in empathic listening, compassionate care, knowledge and awareness that has helped me transcend barriers and put me in the optimal position to serve my community.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:

Marjorie Dejoie-Brewer, MD

Medical Consultant
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, M.A.D, F.I.T. MD

BIO:  Dr. Marjorie Dejoie is the owner of MAD Fit, a medical consulting and Wellness & Health business and a Medical Consultant for the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. She most recently held the position of Patient engagement Lead in rare Disease for Pfizer and Clinical Research Outreach Liaison for Hydroxyurea and Transition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her groundbreaking work as a primary medical consultant for the Mayor’s “Fun, Fit, and Free” program, a key part of the Mayor’s Commission for Health, Fitness and inclusion, allowed her to apply her training in medicine, exercise physiology, and alternative medicine in an integrative, community based, preventative format with the primary goal of making Philadelphia a healthier city. From there, she molded a career in Functional Medicine, which utilizes a fusion of the principles of medicine, prescribed exercise, bio-psychosocial elements, stress reduction, nutrition and alternative medicine in the holistic treatment and care of patients and clients. Herself a patient of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), Dr. Dejoie is a firm proponent and practitioner of comprehensive and preventative health and wellness planning. This became the mission behind her consulting firm “M.A.D. fit" established in 2002. Building on this foundation, Dr. Dejoie opened a wellness center, “Bonne Santé” in the fall of 2003, dedicating herself to making this world a better place by making it healthier, one person at a time.  Dr. Dejoie’s research interests include best practice models to enhance the health care, treatment protocol, and quality of life for individuals who suffer from chronic illnesses with an emphasis on sickle cell disease.  Specific areas of focus include SCD as a public health initiative, patient advocacy, the use of prescribed exercise in treatment of multiple disease processes and comprehensive health equity for everyone.

 

Dear Pandemic:
Those Nerdy Girls at the infodemiology Frontlines

May 26, 2021 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Virtual Zoom Session

Dr. Buttenheim is a co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a Dear Pandemic, a collective of interdisciplinary women scientists addressing the sci-comm during COVID-19 with accurate, timely, curated science news and lifestyle and guidance. Dear Pandemic has more than 80,000 followers on 7 social platforms and reaches up to 1,000,000 people each month. How did Dear Pandemic come to be? What impact has the campaign had? Where is it headed next?
 

Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA

Scientific Director, Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women's Health

Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Division of Health Policy in Perelman School of Medicine

Director of Engagement at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

 BIO: Dr. Alison Buttenheim is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy. Her research addresses persistent behavior change challenges in public and global health. Using insights from behavioral economics and related disciplines, Dr. Buttenheim designs and trials interventions to change behaviors that are central to infectious disease prevention. Her work spans Chagas disease prevention campaigns in Peru and HIV testing and treatment efforts in South Africa to vaccine acceptance and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the U.S.

 

Using the Influence Effect to achieve your goals

 

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

Leveraging influence—the capacity to impact outcomes and build support—is an often unrecognized and/or underutilized skillset.  Women leaders, in particular, may find cultivating influence to complement their leadership style well.  This presentation will outline the Influence Effect and provide practical tips on how to incorporate these skills to achieve your professional goals.   

 

Lisa M. Walke, MD, MSHA, AGSF

Associate Professor of Medicine 
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania

BIO:  Lisa M. Walke, MD, MSHA, AGSF became Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in July 2018.  Under her leadership, the division is improving the quality of care provided to older adults; advancing clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease, health disparities, sleep disorders and the interface between socioeconomic status and disability; and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals on fundamental geriatrics principles.  Dr. Walke’s scholarship focuses on improving health outcomes for older medical and surgical patients through the implementation and evaluation of innovative care delivery models.  Before coming to Penn Medicine, Dr. Walke was the Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, a position she held from 2012.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Harvard University, her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven.  Dr. Walke completed clinical training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center before receiving fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Yale University.  After completing her fellowship, Dr. Walke was on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine from 2003-2018.  Dr. Walke is active in Geriatrics on a national scale.  She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee, a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board and the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.  Dr. Walke became a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in 2014 and received the AGS Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year award in 2017.  She was designated as a Top Doctor in Geriatric Medicine by New York Magazine in 2014 & 2017 and by Philadelphia Magazine in 2020.  Dr. Walke is a member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2021; she is implementing a virtual Geriatrics consultation service at two hospitals within Penn Medicine for her capstone project.