Mitigating Misogynoir in Academic Medicine (IDEAS) - June 11

Recorded On: 06/11/2024


As academic medicine begins to recognize how structural racism drives inequitable health outcomes, it must also acknowledge the effects of structural racism on its workforce and culture. Black physicians comprise ~5% of the United States physician population. Unique adversities affect Black women physicians, particularly during residency training, and contribute to the lack of equitable workforce representation.

Eliminating racialized inequities in clinical care requires addressing these concerns. By applying historical context to present-day realities and harms experienced by Black women (i.e., misogynoir), academic medicine can identify interventions, such as equity-focused recruitment and retention strategies, that transform the profession.

Learning objectives:

  1. Define the terms "weathering," "misogynoir," and "controlling images"
  2. Identify controlling images (e.g., archetypes and tropes) that attempt to justify misogynoir by shaping and organizing societal expectations and mistreatment of Black women
  3. Characterize examples of misogynoir and its impact on clinical care, academic medicine, and medical education
  4. Discuss interpersonal and institutional strategies to mitigate misogynoir

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.

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Pediatrics
IU Health Endowed Chair in Health Equity
Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
VP, Chief Health Equity Officer, Indiana University Health

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds is the inaugural Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer for Indiana University Health and the Associate Dean for Health Equity Research for Indiana University School of Medicine, where she holds an endowed chair for Health Equity Research. Dr. Tucker Edmonds is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, with training in general OBGYN, health services research, public health, and clinical ethics. She studies health equity and shared decision-making in reproductive health care. She is interested in understanding the impact of racism, classism, and culture on patient preferences and risk perceptions; physician decision-making and counseling; and ultimately, variations in treatment provision and service delivery. Her research on periviable decision-making has been supported by the NICHD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and is currently supported by an R01 from AHRQ.

Dr. Tucker Edmonds’ received an AB in Community Health and African American Studies from Brown University. She received her MD from Brown Medical School, and, concurrently, completed an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Tucker Edmonds trained in OBGYN at Duke University Medical Center; then entered the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received health services research training and an MS in Health Policy Research.

Dr. Tucker Edmonds previously served as an Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs at IUSM, and co-directed Workforce Development for the Indiana CTSI. She has served on ACOG’s Committee on Ethics, Committee on Government Affairs, and now, the Committee on the care of Underserved Women. She led Legislative Affairs for Indiana ACOG for ten years and is now the Immediate Past Chair of the Indiana Section. She is an ‘ELUM’ of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. In 2021, Dr. Tucker Edmonds was elected to the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and elected as a National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine. Dr. Tucker Edmonds is married to Dr. Joseph Tucker Edmonds, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Religious Studies. They live in Indianapolis with their daughter, Zora, who is the delight of their lives.

Katrice D. Cain, MA

Director, Racial Equity and Public Health

Katrice D. Cain, MA serves as the Director of Racial Equity and Public Health at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, she leads initiatives to dismantle racism, advance health equity, and promote public health in medical schools, health systems, and teaching hospitals.

Ms. Cain is highly recognized as a passionate leader, focused on implementing strategies to advance racial equity through community, institutional, systems, and policy change. She has more than a decade of experience developing research, programs, training, and resources. Her work underscores the importance of centering the voices within communities and establishing equitable partnerships to create sustainable change. She also serves on national committees and has published peer-reviewed articles in her areas of expertise.

She demonstrates an unwavering personal and professional commitment to advocating for racial justice and public health. Ms. Cain is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Equity and Social Justice, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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