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2021

"Celebrating Excellence, Success, and Diversity in Medicine"  

April 20, 2021

Booklet - Celebrating the UiM Class of 2021

This virtual event, held on Saturday, April 20 via Zoom, was a celebration of the UiM (underrepresented in medicine) members of the Chicago Medical School Class of 2021. The M4s celebrated their recent matches and looked forward to the start of their residencies.

CMS alumna Monica Branch, MD '17, was the guest speaker. Dr. Branch is a Chief Resident (PGY-4) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Schwab Rehabilitation/University of Chicago Hospital and Care Network residency program.


"Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club: Session 7"

March 25, 2021
 
This was the seventh session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "When a Specialty Becomes 'Women’s Work': Trends in and Implications of Specialty Gender Segregation in Medicine," Pelley, Elaine MD; Carnes, Molly MD, MS Academic Medicine: Oct 2020 - Vol 95 - Issue 10 - p 1499-1506.
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable about the causes and impacts of health disparities, biases in medical education, racism in medicine, and other related issues, in order to become better equipped to engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club: Session 6"

February 18, 2021
 
This was the sixth session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "Misrepresenting Race: The Role of Medical Schools in Propagating Physician Bias," Amutah C, Greenidge K, Mante A, Munyikwa M, Surya SL, Higginbotham E, Jones DS, Lavizzo-Mourey R, Roberts D, Tsai J, Aysola J. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jan 6.
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable about the causes and impacts of health disparities, biases in medical education, racism in medicine, and other related issues, in order to become better equipped to engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"COVID-19: The Great Disruptor"

February 22, 2021
 
Stephanie A. Whyte, MD ’96, MBA, CHCQM, CHIE, gave a virtual presentation to the Chicago Medical School community on the topic “COVID-19: The Great Disruptor.” Dr. Whyte was the recipient of the CMS Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013. Board certified in pediatrics, she was appointed as the first-ever chief health officer of Chicago Public Schools in 2012. She is currently serving as Senior Director, Clinical Solutions Medical Director, for Aetna, and is a founding member of Chief, a private network built to drive more women into positions of power.
 
Dr. Whyte discussed the pandemic’s impact on everyone’s lives and the call to action it has prompted, especially with regard to health equity and the problems caused by structural racism in our society.


"Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club: Session 5"

January 29, 2021
 
This was the fifth session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "Medical Students’ Perceptions of and Responses to Health Care Disparities During Clinical Clerkships," Glaser, Johanna; Pfeffinger, Alana MPH; Quan, Judy PhD; Fernandez, Alicia MD, Academic Medicine: August 2019 - Volume 94 - Issue 8 - p 1190-1196.
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable about the causes and impacts of health disparities, biases in medical education, racism in medicine, and other related issues, in order to become better equipped to engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"Virtual Tour of the MLK National Historical Park"

January 25, 2021
 
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University partnered with the National Park Service to offer a virtual tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, located in Atlanta, GA. The tour included Dr. King's birth home, his burial site, and the Old Ebenezer Baptist Church. This virtual tour was part of a series of events and programming to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
The historical park encompasses several buildings related to the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Originally designated as a national historic site, it was expanded and designated as a national historical park in 2018.


2020

"Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club: Session 4"

December 17, 2020
 
This was the fourth session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "Structural Racism in Precision Medicine: Leaving No One Behind," Geneviève, L.D., Martani, A., Shaw, D. et al. BMC Med Ethics 21, 17 (2020).
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable about the causes and impacts of health disparities, biases in medical education, racism in medicine, and other related issues, in order to become better equipped to engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"Health Inequities in the Ranks: The Impact of Healthcare Disparities on Those Serving Our Country"

November 30, 2020

Event Program

Evelyn Lewis, MD '83, MA, FAAFP, DABDA, clinical instructor of medicine at CMS and chief medical officer of Warrior Centric Health, presented "Health Inequities in the Ranks: The Impact of Healthcare Disparities on Those Serving Our Country" as part of the race and inequities seminar series hosted by Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. This event, held November 30 via Zoom, was presented by the CMS Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, with support from the CPASS Foundation..


"HEALTH DISPARITIES AND EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE & MEDICAL EDUCATION JOURNAL CLUB: Session 3"

November 19, 2020
 
This was the third session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "Training to Reduce LGBTQ-Related Bias Among Medical, Nursing, and Dental Students and Providers," Morris, M., Cooper, R.L., Ramesh, A. et al. BMC Med Educ 19, 325 (2019).
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable about the causes and impacts of health disparities, biases in medical education, racism in medicine, and other related issues, in order to become better equipped to engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"Native American Well-Being: Health Disparities and Solutions"

November 18, 2020
 
This was a virtual symposium presented by the CMS Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the CPASS Foundation.
Symposium Program:
Welcome
Nutan Vaidya, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Learning Environment
 
Heather Kind-Keppel, EdD
Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Start time: 00:00:52
 
“Disparities in Medicine: Perspective from a Native Physician”
Donovan Williams, MD
Complex Care Internist at Minnesota Health Fairview clinic in Eagan, MN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, USD Sanford School of Medicine
Navajo Physician
Start time: 00:05:33
 
"Increasing Native American Representation in Healthcare”
Charity Bishop, MD
Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico
Member of the Akimel O’odham tribe of Arizona
Start time: 00:30:10
 
“Equity in Academic Ophthalmology Education and Clinical Care Missions”
David Wilson, MD
Director of the Casey Eye Institute
Paul H. Casey Chair in Ophthalmology, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
Director of the Christensen Eye Pathology Laboratory, Casey Eye Institute
Start time: 00:48:42
 
Question & Answer Section
Carolyn Cook, CMS Class of 2022
Javier Cruz, CMS Class of 2023
Start time: 01:04:00


"Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 AND Nationwide Protests"

October 26, 2020
 
Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff psychiatrist within the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System, presented "Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests" during a virtual event sponsored by the CMS Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and the CPASS Foundation.
 
Dr. Tweedy has written extensively about the intersection of race and medicine, both in academic journals and popular print publications. His 2015 book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine, made the New York Times bestseller list and was selected by TIME Magazine as a top non-fiction book that year.


"HEALTH DISPARITIES AND EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE & MEDICAL EDUCATION JOURNAL CLUB: Session 2"

October 22, 2020
 
This was the second session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Participants discussed the article "Identification of Racial Inequities in Access to Specialized Inpatient Heart Failure Care at an Academic Medical Center," Eberly, L. A., Richterman, A., Beckett, A. G., Wispelwey, B., Marsh, R. H., Cleveland, M. E. C., Chang, C. Y., ... 2017–2018, B. W. H. I. M. H. (November 01, 2019), Circulation: Heart Failure, 12, 11.
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable and better equipped to more effectively engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"Panel: Hispanic/Latinx Health Issues and Disparities in the United States"

October 19, 2020
 
This virtual symposium, presented by the CMS Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and sponsored by the CPASS Foundation, brought together experts from the CDC, the University of Arizona, and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) National to talk about healthcare disparities that affect Hispanic and Latinx populations in the United States.
Symposium Program:
Welcome
Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dean of Chicago Medical School
(start time 00:00)
 
"Update on Hispanic Health Issues and Disparities in the U.S."
John Paul Sanchez, MD, MPH
Founder/Principal Investigator of the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physician (BNGAP) Initiative
Co-Founder/President of BNGAP Inc
(start time 5:52)
 
"Leading Causes of Death, Prevalence of Disease and Risk Factors, and Use of Health Services Among Hispanics in the United States"
Capt. Kenneth Dominguez, MD, MPH
Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service
Medical Epidemiologist in the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
(start time 12:30)
 
"Latinx Mental Health Considerations"
Francisco Moreno, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine Tucson and Phoenix
Associate Vice President at the University of Arizona Health Science, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
(start time 24:50)
 
"Patient Testimonial: Michael's Story"
(start time 38:30)
 
Audience Q & A
(start time 41:58)
 
Closing
Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dean of Chicago Medical School
(start time 55:05)


"Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club: Session 1"

September 24, 2020
 
This was the first session of the Health Disparities and Equity in Healthcare & Medical Education Journal Club. Participants discussed the article "Hidden in Plain Sight — Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms," New England Journal of Medicine Darshali A. Vyas, Leo G. Eisenstein, and David S. Jones. 2020.
 
The purpose of this journal club is for CMS faculty, researchers, staff and learners to become more knowledgeable and better equipped to more effectively engage in clinical, research, and educational activities that bring us closer to eliminating health disparities and inequities in healthcare and medical education.


"A Symposium on Race in Medicine: Genetic Validity or Racist Legacy?"

August 31, 2020
 
This virtual symposium, presented by the CMS Office of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and sponsored by the CPASS Foundation, brought together experts and educators from across the country to talk about the impact racism has on health care and health equity.
Symposium Program:
Welcome
Mildred Olivier, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learning Environment, Chicago Medical School
(start time 00:00:00)
 
"Abandoning Race as a Measure of Human Difference in Biomedical Research"
Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
(start time 00:04:15)
 
"Patient Testimonial: When Assumptions Can be Deadly"
Jocelyn Willis McClelland
(start time 00:33:36)
 
"'Why Are You Eating Hot Dogs Every Day?' - Navigating Nutrition, Food Deserts, and Racial Health Disparities in Chicago"
Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD
Associate Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago
(start time 00:39:38)
 
"Anti-Racism at Healthcare Institutions: How Far Can We Go?"
Michelle Morse, MD, MPH
Co-Founder, EqualHealth, Social Medicine Consortium
Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
(start time 01:07:00)
 
"Racism in Healthcare"
Deborah Willis-Fillinger, MD '79
Former Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Health Resources and Services Administration (now retired)
(start time 01:34:02)
 
Closing
Mildred Olivier, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learning Environment, Chicago Medical School
(start time 01:55:53)


Virtual Concert series with Daniel Bernard Roumain

April 30, May 7, and May 14, 2020

Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier, assistant dean for diversity and learning environment, hosted a three-part concert series in April and May with accomplished violinist and activist, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). DBR is known for his genre-bending performances and as a leader in the arts industry. Learn more about him on his website: DanielRoumain.com.

For the May 14 performance, DBR was joined by one of Chicago Medical School's own faculty members. Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores is the Director of Diversity, Outreach and Success, a professor of physiology and biophysics, and a conservatory-trained pianist. Among his many accomplishments, he wrote a piano suite about the chemical elements, commissioned by the Colegio Nacional in Mexico, and performed it for his colleagues at Chicago Medical School. Unfortunately, the audio recording of the live performance was corrupted, but you can still listen to Dr. Rasgado Flores's piano suite here.

April 30 Performance:

May 7 PERFORMANCE:

May 14 PERFORMANCE:


"Celebrating Excellence, Success, and Diversity in Medicine"  

April 9, 2020

Booklet - Celebrating the URM Class of 2020

This virtual event, held on Thursday, April 9 via Zoom, was a celebration of the URM members of the Class of 2020. The M4s celebrated their recent matches and looked forward to the start of their residencies.

Two special guest speakers addressed the graduating M4s: Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, FACP, Immediate Past President of the National Medical Association (NMA), and CMS alumna Monica Branch, MD '17, who is currently a third-year resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Schwab Rehabilitation/University of Chicago.

Dr. Lubin-Johnson offered congratulations to the M4s and talked about their responsibility to become advocates in health research, healthcare, and health equity. Dr. Branch presented advice for being successful in residency. Students were able to ask questions after each talk.


"Leading with Authenticity: Do You" - AMA President Visits RFU

February 4-5, 2020

Chicago Medical School kicked off Black History Month with a visit from Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, the 174th president of the American Medical Association and the first African-American woman to hold that position. During her visit, Dr. Harris met with student organizations, led small-group discussions, met with school and university leadership, and gave a presentation about leading with authenticity and integrity.

Dr. Harris began her visit with a dinner with medical students from CMS and Loyola who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. Invited faculty and other guests from the Chicagoland area also attended the dinner. Dr. Harris spoke about her journey to medicine and the AMA, and students had the opportunity to ask her questions about current healthcare topics and diversity in medicine.

2019

"Passion and Purpose to Success"

August 21, 2019

This welcome event was held to provide support and resources to medical students from groups historically underrepresented in medicine. William A. McDade, MD, PhD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), was the keynote speaker. Students received helpful resources and had the opportunity to network with each other and with faculty.

2018

2018 DOCS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

Medical students and physicians from the Chicago area gathered in Hyde Park to launch the fifth year of the Doctors of Color (DOCs) Mentoring Program, a joint effort of Chicago Medical School and the Cook County Physicians Program. The program was created to promote and support medical students from under-represented minority groups. Students are matched with physician mentors who are alumni of Chicago-area medical schools, including CMS, Loyola, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush, and Northwestern. The students and their alumni mentors build and maintain professional networks and engage in other mentorship opportunities.


"A Toast to Good Health"

May 23, 2018

Abraham G. Kocheril, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS, delivered a presentation titled "A Toast to Good Health" during medical grand rounds. Dr. Kocheril is Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at the OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois. In his presentation, he discussed the medical evidence that indicates that moderate wine consumption may lead to several health benefits. Before his presentation, Dr. Kocheril met with a small group of students to have lunch and give advice and guidance about ordering wine at restaurants.


"A Physician's View of Social Determinants of Health"

May 9, 2018

Eric E. Whitaker, MD, MPH, TWG Partners, LLC, and co-founder of Symphonix Health Holdings, LLC, presented "A Physician's View of Social Determinants of Health: Evolution from the Public to the Private Sector" during medical grand rounds. Before his presentation, Dr. Whitaker met with students for lunch and a small group discussion.


"The 5 Keys to Success"

April 14, 2018

UIC College of Medicine

Medical students and professionals from the Chicago area attended a diversity event hosted by CMS Office of Diversity and Cook County Physicians Association. The event gave students from CMS, UIC, Rush, Loyola, Northwestern, and the University Of Chicago an opportunity to network with one another, socialize and watch a presentation by AMA Board of Trustees Member Kevin Williams. Mr. Williams presented "The 5 Keys to Success."


"Health Equity: Is It Possible?"

April 11, 2018

Terry Mason, MD, Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, gave a medical grand rounds lecture titled “Health Equity: Is It Possible?” Before his presentation, Dr. Mason met with students for lunch and a small group discussion.


"BRIDGING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE TO EMERGE AS AN EQUITY-MINDED ACADEMIC HEALTH SYSTEM THROUGH INCLUSION EXCELLENCE"

February 28, 2018

David Acosta, MD, FAAFP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) gave a medical grand rounds lecture titled “Bridging the Cultural Divide to Emerge as an Equity-Minded Academic Health System through Inclusion Excellence.”


"BUILDING ON A FOUNDATION OF PROFESSIONALISM"

February 13, 2018

Eve J. Higginbotham, MD, SM, President of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society and Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine gave a medical grand rounds lecture on “Building on a Foundation of Professionalism.” Her presentation focused on the importance of professionalism and inclusion, and how physicians can display those traits in their daily work. She discussed the history of professionalism in medical school and the medical profession, including the foundation of the AOA Medical Honor Society in 1902. The mission of the AOA, a society founded on the core values of service, professionalism, and leadership, is to encourage “high ideals of thought and action” in medical schools and practice.

Before her presentation, Dr. Higginbotham had lunch with a group of medical students to answer questions about diversity and professionalism and share her experiences in medicine.


2017

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2017 NMF Chicago Champions of Health Awards

November 13, 2017

CMS students, faculty, and administration attended the 2017 National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Chicago Champions of Health Awards. The awards honor individuals who have made a lasting impact on healthcare and diversity in healthcare. The event brings together medical students, physicians, healthcare leaders, philanthropic and community leaders, and the deans and diversity officers of medical schools in the midwest.


2017 DOCS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

September 23, 2017

Medical students and physicians from the Chicago area gathered at the residence of Gregory Primus, MD, in Hyde Park to launch the fourth year of the Doctors of Color (DOCs) Mentoring Program. The program, a joint effort of Chicago Medical School and the Cook County Physicians Program, was created to promote and support medical students from under-represented minority groups. Students are matched with physician mentors who are alumni of Chicago-area medical schools, including CMS, Loyola, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush, and Northwestern. The students and their alumni mentors build and maintain professional networks and mentorship opportunities.


Leveling the Playing Field

August 15, 2017

This luncheon was held to provide support and resources to medical students from groups historically underrepresented in medicine.

"Leveling the Playing Field" PowerPoint Presentation


2016

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2016 CHICAGO CHAMPIONS OF HEALTH AWARDS

December 6, 2016

Several CMS administrators and students attended the 2016 Chicago Champions of Health Awards, held at the Union League Club of Chicago. The ceremony, hosted by National Medical Fellowships (NMF) is an annual event that brings together physicians, healthcare leaders, medical school deans, and minority medical students from the Chicago area to honor leading professionals in the fields of medicine and health care. NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians and other healthcare professionals.

During the awards dinner and ceremony, Mitra Kohan, CMS ’18, was named a Service Scholar in the 2016 Dr. David Monash/Harry Lloyd and Elizabeth Pawlette Medical Student Scholarship Program, a service-learning program designed to increase the number of qualified medical providers committed to improving access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities in Chicago. Service Scholars are selected in recognition of outstanding community service, leadership, and commitment to the healthcare needs of Chicago citizens. During the course of their participation in the program, scholars conduct a community health project at a site of their choice. This service-learning program was developed in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust, whose mission is to improve the lives of the people in metropolitan Chicago through a commitment to diversity.


2016 DOCS Mentorship Program

September 17, 2016

Students, alumni, and physicians participating in the Doctors of Color (DOCS) Mentorship Program met in Chicago at the residence of Dr. Gregory Primus to launch the third year of the program. The DOCS program, a joint effort by CMS and the Cook County Physician’s Association, was created to promote and support medical students from under-represented minority groups. The students, alumni, and physicians who participate in the program build and maintain professional networks and mentorship opportunities.


2015

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2015 Chicago Champions of Health Awards

November 23, 2015

Several CMS administrators and students attended the 2015 Chicago Champions of Health Awards, where Dean James Record served as an honorary co-chair. The ceremony, held at the Union League Club of Chicago, is an annual event that brings together physicians, healthcare leaders, medical school deans, and minority medical students from the Chicago area to honor leading professionals in the fields of medicine and health care. The event is hosted by National Medical Fellowships, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians and other healthcare professionals.


2015 DOCS Mentorship Program

October 3, 2015

Students, alumni, and physicians participating in the Doctors of Color (DOCS) Mentorship Program met in Chicago to launch the second year of the program. The DOCS program, a joint effort by CMS and the Cook County Physician’s Association, matches medical students with physician mentors and is designed to promote and support underrepresented minority medical students as they pursue careers in medicine. At this event, students from CMS and other medical schools in the Chicago area had a chance to meet and network with the physicians who volunteered to serve as mentors.


"The Impact of Academic Medicine on the Local and Global Community”

September 23, 2015

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gave this presentation as part of the Marshall A. Falk, MD ’56, Distinguished Lectureship series. Dr. Reece discussed the roles that academic medical centers play in improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of a local or global community. By identifying the specific needs of a community and working to make sure those needs are met, academic medical centers can reduce health disparities, manage the spread of emerging diseases, respond to medical crises and public health threats, and improve the life expectancy of the local population.


2014 and Before

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“The Wars Rage On: PTSD and TBI in Our Military and Veteran Communities”

December 10, 2014

Evelyn Lewis, MD ’83, MA, FAAFP, deputy director of the National Medical Association/Cobb Research Institute and chief medical officer of the Steptoe Group, presented during Medical Grand Rounds. Dr. Lewis, who served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years, focused on the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.


2014 Chicago Champions of Health Awards

November 2014

CMS students, alumni and faculty attended the 2014 Chicago Champions of Health Awards, held at the Union League Club of Chicago. This annual awards ceremony is an event that brings together physicians, healthcare leaders, medical school deans, medical school diversity officers, and minority medical students from the Chicago area. The event is hosted by National Medical Fellowships, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other healthcare professionals. Two members of the CMS community received an award at this ceremony: Dianna Grant, MD '79, received the NMF Distinguished Alumni Award for her commitment to women’s health and healthcare administration; and Jalia Tucker, CMS ’16, received the Aetna Foundation/NMF Healthcare Leadership Award for her leadership potential and her commitment to serving medically underserved communities.


“Women’s Health at the Intersection: Race, Social Position and Class”

August 27, 2014

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, renowned infertility specialist, dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, and the first African American woman to lead a freestanding medical school, was invited to present during RFU’s inaugural Ruth Rothstein Memorial Lecture. Her presentation, “Women’s Health at the Intersection: Race, Social Position and Class,” addressed the health disparities that exist based on race, gender, and socioeconomic status.


"The Path Is Never Linear”

February 6, 2014

Alexa Canady, MD, former chief of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, was invited to speak as part of RFU’s Black History Month Pioneer in Medicine speaker series. Dr. Canady was the first African American woman to become a board-certified neurosurgeon, and she is one of the first ten female neurosurgeons of any race. Her presentation, “The Path Is Never Linear,” details the obstacles she faced and how she overcame them to become a doctor. This event was sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion, the CMS Office of Student Affairs and Diversity, the Student National Medical Association, and the American Medical Women's Association.


CAHMCP "Dream Makers" Multicultural Summit and Awards Dinner

October 3-5, 2013

As part of the 2013 CMS Alumni Weekend, CMS hosted a Multicultural Summit entitled “Dream Makers” in partnership with the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP). CAHMCP (pronounced “champ”) is dedicated to increasing the number of qualified minorities in medical school and in the medical field. The summit, which featured panel discussions, interactive sessions, and alumni interviews, provided a platform for CMS alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners to talk about some of the challenges that affect underrepresented minority medical and healthcare students and solutions to those issues.

The summit was followed by a reunion and awards dinner, where several individuals in CMS and CAHMCP were honored for their commitment to CAHMCP’s mission and for helping many underrepresented minorities reach their dreams:

  • Dr. Timothy Hansen - Shining Star Award
  • Dr. Theodore Booden - Visionary Award
  • Dr. K. Michael Welch, president and CEO of RFU - Legacy Award
  • Dr. Reggie Jones - Trailblazer Award
  • John Bradley - Pioneer Award
  • IL Representative Ken Dunkin - Rising Star Award

During the summit, several alumni were invited to share their experiences and give advice to current and future students. In the following video, Maya Rolfe, CMS ’16, interviews Monique Alford-Jones, MD ’93; Dennis Garrett, MD ’00; and Ronald Rembert Jr., MD ’00. The three alumni discuss their careers, their experiences at CMS, their role models, and their motivations for becoming doctors.

In the following video, Kina Peppers, MD ’01, discusses the experiences she had at Chicago Medical School while participating in the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP). CAHMCP (pronounced “champ”) is the longtime partner of RFU’s Pre-Matriculation Program.



"Shaping the Future of American Health Care"

September 26, 2013

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, visited RFU in honor of Women in Medicine Month. She delivered her presentation, “Shaping the Future of American Health Care,” to more than 500 students, faculty, and staff members. During this presentation, Dr. Hoven discussed healthcare reform and stressed the importance of interprofessional healthcare delivery. In addition to this address, Dr. Hoven also had breakfast with student leaders, met with Dr. Michael Welch and Dr. Russell Robertson (then dean of CMS), and met for discussions with several student organizations and interest groups.


"Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: From Fairness to Excellence"

April 25, 2013

Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA, chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, presented during Medical Grand Rounds. His presentation, “Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: From Fairness to Excellence,” encompassed topics such as the diversification of the healthcare workforce, the difference between diversity and inclusion, and the importance of creating a culture of inclusion in medical schools.


"Taking Medicine Outside the box"

February 25, 2013

Stephanie Whyte, MD ’96, chief health officer for the Chicago Public Schools, gave a presentation entitled “Taking Medicine Outside the Box.” This presentation was part of the university’s Alumni Series.


"My Life Journey"

February 4, 2013

Agnes Lattimer, MD ’54, former medical director of Cook County Hospital, was invited to Chicago Medical School to participate in a program in honor of Black History Month. Dr. Lattimer entered CMS in 1950 as one of only two women and the only African American in her class. Dr. Mildred Olivier, assistant dean for diversity at CMS, talked to Dr. Lattimer about her life experiences.


"The Business of Medicine"

January 17, 2013

Ronald Rembert Jr., MD ’00, a physician specializing in family medicine, gave the presentation “The Business of Medicine” as part of the Prescription for Excellence alumni seminar series. Dr. Rembert discussed his role as a physician advisor at hospitals around the country with Accretive Health.


2012 Chicago Champions of Health Awards

Dr. Mildred Olivier and several CMS students attended the 2012 Chicago Champions of Health Awards, held at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This annual awards ceremony is an event that brings together physicians, healthcare leaders, medical school deans, medical school diversity officers, and minority medical students from the Chicago area. The event is hosted by National Medical Fellowships, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other healthcare professionals.