Developing the Next Generation of Physicians to Advance Inclusion, Justice and Racial Equity (IDEAS) - April 26

Recorded On: 04/26/2022


In this webinar, learner and faculty speakers will describe how they developed educational opportunities to advance racial equity, justice, and inclusion at their institution. The webinar features two recipients of the AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) Award that provided funding to institutions to develop or enhance a learning opportunity for medical students, residents, and other interprofessional learners that sought to improve community health and eliminate health disparities while applying population health leadership principles and promoting collaboration among diverse stakeholders. We will discuss how they overcame challenges and how similar educational experiences can be replicated at other medical schools and teaching hospitals in the US.  

Learning Objectives:
1. Explore the role of learners in developing, implementing, and evaluating curricula to advance inclusion, justice and racial equity.
2. Describe common challenges in creating and integrating new educational opportunities for learners.
3. Discuss key issues related to evaluating the impact on learners, faculty and communities.


The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion Diversity, Equity, Antiracism) Webinar series provides actionable information about DEI strategies that you can put into practice to become a more effective and successful leader, educator, and member of the academic medicine community.   

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Jessica Spellun, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Spellun is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine. Afterwards, she participated in the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Spellun currently serves as the Faculty Director of Clinical Services and Education for the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Qlinic, a medical student and trainee-run free mental health clinic serving LGBTQ identified individuals. She also supervises medical students and psychiatry residents and teaches on a range of topics including general psychiatric practice and psychotherapy and LGBTQ mental health.

Ijeoma Opara, MD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Director, Health Equity & Justice in Medicine
Director, Global Health Alliance
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Opara is a double-board certified Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency, and attending physician with Wayne State University Physician Group. She is the founding director of an innovative initiative and curriculum, "Health Equity and Justice in Medicine," for internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics, and pediatrics residents which combines critical reflection, community engagement, scholarship, and advocacy to address social and structural determinants of health and health disparities. A lead investigator in multiple interdisciplinary multi-center local and international research projects, she focuses on understanding how resilience can be leveraged as an asset to improve community health outcomes. A certified facilitator in cultural competency (cultural humility and microaggressions) and certified in Global Leadership by the American College of Academic International Medicine, Dr. Opara imbues every endeavor with her philosophy of ethical, culturally humble, patient-centered, evidence-based, high value, compassionate care, and prioritizes attention to social determinants of health, disparities, and equity as part of a comprehensive approach to patients.

Cedric Mutebi

MD Candidate
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Mr. Mutebi graduated Summa Cum Laude with an honors degree in public health from Wayne State University in 2019. A native Detroiter driven by the pursuit of health equity, he actively works to improve all infrastructures that influence health – especially education. During his undergraduate studies, he was heavily involved with student success initiatives and founded a mentoring organization for African American men called The Brotherhood. Most recently, he is one of the student leads and co-developer for Healing Between the Lines, a community led program that teaches medical trainees about the intersections of structural racism while amplifying grassroots level advocacy. Before matriculating to medical school, Mr. Mutebi worked as a graduate intern for the AAMC researching and contributing to the development of programming aimed at increasing representation of African Americans and other underrepresented groups in medicine. He then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate fellowship in transplantation genomics at the National Institutes of Health, and now continues his research into outcome disparities and rejection treatment response within the field.

Matthew Wickersham

MD-PhD Candidate
Weill Cornell Medicine

Mr. Wickersham is a medical student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program at Weill Cornell Medicine/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering in New York, NY. He is currently working on his PhD in Dr. Olivier Elemento's lab using machine learning techniques to predict various health outcomes using real world data. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Qlinic, a student-run LGBTQ mental health clinic in NYC.

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