Developing Diverse and Inclusive Leaders within Academic Medicine Series (IDEAS)

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In this three-part series, expert faculty will discuss the importance of cultivating leaders to foster and support inclusive excellence in academic medicine. Drawing from their diverse perspectives, speakers will present multiple strategies to nurture leaders at various stages of their careers, including mentorship, creating opportunities, conceptual frameworks, navigating pushback, adaptive conflict resolution, and more. The IDEAS “Developing Diverse and Inclusive Leaders within Academic Medicine” series was developed in partnership with the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS).

About IDEAS
The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning 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.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/06/2024

    This talk reframes adaptive leadership as a learning strategy, so leaders can recognize the type of conflict at play and choose to act with a set of practices.

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    The effects of social and political polarization on the practice and teaching of medicine are palpable - whether it’s the political polarization pitting public health interventions against individual autonomy, or pitting achievement in the setting of privilege against potential in the setting of disadvantage. When an argument is polarized, it is important for leaders to understand the underlying conflict. 

    This talk reframes adaptive leadership as a learning strategy, so leaders can recognize the type of conflict at play and choose to act with a set of practices. When all conflicts are approached with an Either/Or mindset, teams can experience decreased morale, hampered communication, or damaged relationships. 

    Specifically, we will discuss the difference between dilemmas, paradoxes, and polarities, and how to decide when to use negotiation or persuasion, or when we need to actually create and manage a productive tension.

    After participating in this webinar, attendees should be able to:

    1. Define a dilemma, paradox and polarity.
    2. Distinguish between persuasion, negotiation, and polarity management and identify the circumstances under which each might be used.
    3. Describe common polarities, and the process by which one must identify one’s own biases and work through them in order to lead.

    About IDEAS
    The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning 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.

    Taj Mustapha. MD. FAAP, FACP

    Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
    Chief of Equity Strategy, M Health Fairview

    Dr. Mustapha received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training at the University of Minnesota.  She is the Chief of Equity Strategy for M Health Fairview – the Joint Clinical Enterprise between University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services, and an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her research focus is on equity and inclusion in assessments – from the way we assess learners and educators in the clinical learning environment, to the way we assess care systems. She has presented internationally on a broad array of topics related to the advancement of Health Equity and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Sickle Cell Foundation Health Equity Champion award, the University of Minnesota Distinguished Mentoring award, and the Mullen-Spector-Tuax Women’s Leadership award.

    Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS (moderator)

    Vice-chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
    Vice-chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine 

    Dr. Sotto’s scholarship and research center on (in)equity in academic medicine. Her interests include faculty affairs and professional development, inclusive learning environments, organizational structures and institutional bias, and the intersection of health equity and research ethics. She is affiliated with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Institute (IN CTSI) where she serves as co-director of Workforce Development and Director of All IN for Health, an initiative from the IN CTSI dedicated to improving the health of Indiana residents by promoting health resources and research, including a research volunteer registry across the state. She also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the IN CTSI. She is also affiliated with the IU Center for Bioethics and the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE) at IU Bloomington. At the national level, Dr. Sotto served as President of the Administrators in Internal Medicine (AIM), on the Board of Directors and as Diversity & Inclusion liaison for the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). Additionally, she is an active member of various AAMC groups (GDI & GFA), among others.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/21/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will address the challenges women of color face in achieving and maintaining leadership positions in academic medicine and identify factors that lead to inclusive, supportive and equitable work environments.

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    Despite the increasing number of women entering and graduating from medical schools, as well as biomedical graduate schools, and obtaining faculty positions, women of color are not attaining leadership at the same rate as white women. There continues to be a paucity of women of color advancing to full professor, department chair, or medical school dean.

    The most recent data from the AAMC reported that Black and Hispanic women represent 3.9% of all faculty and 1.8% of full professors, where white women comprise 26% of all faculty and 20% of all full professors. In addition, white men comprise 76% of department chairs, white women comprise 18%, and women of color only account for 3.1% of department chairs. (Source: AAMC Faculty Roster Report, "U.S. Medical School Faculty", 2023.)

    There are many barriers that have prevented and have made it difficult for women of color to advance to senior leadership positions, including but not limited to, racism, isolation, toxic work cultures, minority tax, lack of mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship, and inequities in financial compensation. Therefore, to improve these alarming statistics and increase the number of women of color in leadership positions in academic medicine, it is vital that women of color have access to inclusive and non-toxic work environments, equitable opportunities, support, and resources to attain and maintain these positions successfully.

    This session will describe the challenges women of color face in achieving and maintaining leadership positions in academic medicine and identify factors that lead to inclusive, supportive, and equitable work environments.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the challenges that women of color face in achieving and maintaining leadership positions in academic medicine.          
    2. Identify the characteristics of work environments that lead to the success of women of color in academic medicine.
    3. Discuss helpful strategies for women of color to navigate toxic environments. 
    4. Discuss the role that leaders have to create inclusive, supportive, equitable work environments.

    About IDEAS
    The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning 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.

    Lisa D. Cain, PhD

    Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Development & Professor
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    Dr. Cain joined the UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry faculty in 2017 as associate dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, and as a professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

    She came to the School of Dentistry from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, where she served as an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, associate member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities, director of Medical School Enrichment Programs in the Office of Student Affairs, and as assistant dean for Faculty Affairs at the School of Medicine.

    Her experience in governance and faculty affairs also includes past roles as chair of the UTMB Faculty Senate and co-chair of the Health Affairs Committee of The University of Texas System’s Faculty Advisory Council. Currently, she is an executive board member of the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) and holds an elected position as chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA). In 2017, she founded and organized the regional Texas Consortium for Faculty Success, which consists of 13 Texas health science institutions and 32 faculty affairs/faculty development administrators.

    Dr. Cain is also co-chair of the leadership development component of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Women in Leadership Section. She is co-chair of the 2024 ADEA International Women in Leadership Conference.

    Erika T. Brown, PhD

    Dean for Faculty Affairs
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    As Dean for Faculty Affairs since 2021, Dr. Brown oversees all aspects of appointments, titles, and promotions for Geisel faculty members situated at the three primary sites that constitute the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (the Geisel campus in Hanover, NH, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital campus in Lebanon, NH, and the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, VT) and at clinical affiliates throughout the United States and international locales.

    Dr. Brown has experience in faculty affairs, professional development, and in accreditation and assessment. In her previous role, she built an effective and resourceful office to develop and sustain the faculty—encompassing recruitment, on-boarding, retention, promotion, career guidance, and professional development for all academic ranks, including courses and ongoing workshops with an emphasis on junior faculty.

    Dr. Brown serves as the Geisel liaison to the Dartmouth College Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity for faculty hiring and is a Deputy Title IX coordinator.

    Ana E. Núñez, MD, FACP

    Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor of Medicine
    University of Minnesota Medical School

    Dr. Núñez is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College where she continued a residency and chief residency in internal medicine. She then completed fellowships in medical education at Michigan State and the AAMC’s Health Service Research Program, as well as serving as a policy fellow for the U.S. Secretary of Health.  

    Prior to joining the University of Minnesota nearly four years ago, she had a productive career at Drexel University College of Medicine where she served as the inaugural Associate Dean of DEI, and prior to that led the Office of Urban Health Equity, the national Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Women’s Health Education program and early in her career was Associate Residency Director. Dr. Núñez's research career focus has involved funded projects in health disparities for urban minority populations, especially women and cardiovascular health, integration of health disparity knowledge into medical education, prevention of intimate partner violence, and cultural competence in medical practice. In 2022, she was named one of Fierce Healthcare’s Most Influential Minority Executives in Healthcare.

    Dr. Núñez currently resides in Minneapolis with her pediatrician wife of 39 years in a home overlooking one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.  She enjoys exploring the many outdoor opportunities that the region offers.

    Andrea Hayes Dixon, MD, FACS

    Dean
    Vice President of Clinical Affairs
    Howard University College of Medicine

    Dr. Andrea Hayes Dixon FACS is the Dean of Howard University’s College of Medicine and Vice President of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Hayes Dixon is the first African American female pediatric surgeon in the USA and the first female Dean at the HUCOM. She is nationally and internationally known for her work pioneering Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, DSRCT. Her patients request her services from around the world because she was the first to do hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, HIPEC, and cytoreductive surgery in a child. Dr. Hayes Dixon has a basic science laboratory that focuses on finding a cure for DSRCT. She has cared for the largest number of DSRCT, patients at any one hospital and by any one surgeon. Dr. Hayes Dixon was appointed by President Trump to the National Cancer Advisory Board. (The National Cancer Advisory Board reports to the Director of the National Cancer Institute and the Secretary of Health). Dr. Hayes Dixon has published over 160 manuscripts and dozens of book chapters.

    Allison C. Augustus-Wallace, PhD, MS, MNS, DEIC (moderator)

    Associate Professor-Research
    Director, Undergraduate Academic Pathway Programs for Diversity
    Dept. of Medicine & Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
    LSUHSC New Orleans, School of Medicine

    Dr. Allison C. Augustus–Wallace leads and has several roles regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Affairs committees and educational initiatives in the LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies for Faculty/Staff/Professional Students (Medical and Biomedical). Through leadership responsibilities that promote equitable inclusivity, she works to promote greater educational access, increase the presence of historically-excluded and marginalized groups of people in both medicine and biomedical research, and promote health equity and improved health outcomes for marginalized and overall collective communities.

    In 2020, Dr. Augustus-Wallace earned Certification in Diversity, (Equity), and Inclusion from Cornell University. In addition to serving in active roles with Sigma Xi such as the Associate Director of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency Group, as well as a member of the 2022 and 2023 IFoRE Meeting Planning Committees, Dr. Augustus-Wallace is an active member of other professional organizations: the Maximizing Access Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; the Health Professions Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine & Science Steering Committee; the Editorial Board of the AAMC’s peer-reviewed journal, Academic Medicine; the NIH-Women of Color Research Network; the Law Committee of the American Public Health Association; the Association of Women in Science-National & Southern Louisiana-LSUHSC Chapter; and others.

    Kimberly A. Bibb, MD (moderator)

    Associate Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine
    University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)

    Dr. Bibb is a dual board-certified Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine physician. She has played an integral role in the establishment of the UMMC Weight Management Clinic where she focuses on educating patients on the importance of developing healthy lifestyles and providing appropriate treatment for obesity and other chronic diseases. Her scholarly work focuses on various obesity medicine topics and improving medical education related to obesity medicine for medical students and residents. Dr. Bibb serves as Co-Chair of her department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Obesity Medicine Association.

    Dr. Bibb served four years on the UMMC Group on Women in Medicine Science (GWIMS) Executive Board as Membership Committee Chair, President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President. She is currently serving a three-year term on the AAMC GWIMS Steering Committee where she has been actively involved as a co-facilitator for the following GWIMS Virtual Office Hours, “Women’s Leadership Programs”, “Starting and Maintaining a WIMS Group”, and “Taking Your WIMS Group to the Next Level”. She has also co-authored the AAMC GWIMS Toolkits, "Maintaining a WIMS Program" and “Strategies for Advancing the Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine”. In addition, Dr. Bibb is currently serving as Co-Chair of the GWIMS Women of Color Working Group and as a member of the GWIMS Awards and Nominations Working Group and the GWIMS Voter Education Working Group. Dr. Bibb serves as Co-Chair of her department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Obesity Medicine Association.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/24/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    After participating in this webinar, attendees should be able to identify the important variables necessary to create an effective strategic plan, consider the institutional and departmental values for growth expansion along the antiracist continuum, and build sustainability through advancing a thriving culture for institutional growth.

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    The evidence shows that a diverse and inclusive environment benefits everyone, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusive practices are vital for all leaders in academia. However, the burden is often placed on those with limited resources and is now being outlawed in certain states. Strategic planning for improved sustainability through retention and development of leaders with conceptual frameworks regarding psychological safety and trauma responsiveness will enhance their ability to lead and support diverse teams. 

    The Southern Illinois University Equity Ambassadorship Program develops faculty and staff content expertise to minimize pseudoleadership development and facilitate recognizing and aligning individuals’ values with institutions’ values. After participating in this webinar, attendees should be able to identify the important variables necessary to create an effective strategic plan, consider the institutional and departmental values for growth expansion along the antiracist continuum, and build sustainability through advancing a thriving culture for institutional growth.

    About IDEAS
    The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning 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.

    Christopher L. Smyre, MD, MA

    Director of Research and Innovation, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    Assistant Professor; Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Department of Family and Community Medicine
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Dr. Smyre is a family medicine physician at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with a dual appointment to the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities. Dr. Smyre has a master’s from the University of Chicago Divinity School focused on theological ethics, and completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency Program-Humboldt Park.

    Dr. Smyre’s clinical interests are underserved medicine, mental health, group visits, and taking care of families. His areas of research include healthcare disparities, medical ethics, and medical education. He is passionate about educating and equipping medical students and residents to become excellent clinicians who are patient centered, culturally responsive, and evidenced based in their approach to the care they provide. He also teaches several electives, “Psychological Safety, and Socialization in Medical Education”, and “Antiracism in Healthcare”.

    Dr. Smyre is the Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and in the Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion, he serves as the Director of Research and Innovation. In these roles, he works with various leaders to facilitate and examine the progress made toward Southern Illinois University School of Medicine becoming an antiracist institution.

    Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS (moderator)

    Vice-chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development 
    Vice-chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

    Dr. Sotto’s scholarship and research center on (in)equity in academic medicine. Her interests include faculty affairs and professional development, inclusive learning environments, organizational structures and institutional bias, and the intersection of health equity and research ethics. She is affiliated with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Institute (IN CTSI) where she serves as co-director of Workforce Development and Director of All IN for Health, an initiative from the IN CTSI dedicated to improving the health of Indiana residents by promoting health resources and research, including a research volunteer registry across the state. She also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the IN CTSI. She is also affiliated with the IU Center for Bioethics and the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE) at IU Bloomington. At the national level, Dr. Sotto served as President of the Administrators in Internal Medicine (AIM), on the Board of Directors and as Diversity & Inclusion liaison for the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). Additionally, she is an active member of various AAMC groups (GDI & GFA), among others.