Using Inclusive Language in Scholarly Writing: A Roundtable Discussion - July 13

Recorded On: 07/13/2023

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This webinar will provide information and guidance on the use of language that is inclusive and accurate in its depiction of identity, lived experiences, health and well-being, and health outcomes. Panelists will discuss the principles of using inclusive language across their roles as scholars, authors, reviewers, and editors and offer practical strategies for writing that aligns with inclusive language best practices and welcomes the diversity of all people and their identities. Note: This webinar is open to all who are interested in attending but will address inclusive language in the context of its use in the United States.

This webinar is a collaboration between the Scholarly Publishing Webinar Series and the IDEAS Learning Series.

About the Scholarly Publishing Webinar Series
This series is hosted by the editorial teams of Academic Medicine and MedEdPORTAL. Sessions cover the importance of publishing education scholarship and practical suggestions for how to do so successfully.

About the IDEAS Learning Series
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.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Explain the impact that language has and the importance of using inclusive language in scholarly writing.
  • Adopt best practices for writing that strives to be inclusive.
  • Identify practical strategies for engaging with colleagues to promote the key role that inclusive language plays in good scholarly writing.

Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE

Monica Lypson is Vice Dean for Education, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her work focuses on innovations and improvements in health professions education and assessment, health equity, workforce diversity, faculty development, medical care delivery, and clinician communication skills. Dr. Lypson has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including currently as associate editor at Academic Medicine.  She has written on the topic of physician marriages, especially in academic medicine. She continues to strive for a sense of well-being and life-work integration.

Jennifer Potter, MD

Jennifer Potter is a professor of medicine and advisory dean at Harvard Medical School, co-chair of The Fenway Institute, and associate editor at MedEdPORTAL. Her scholarly work focuses on advancing health equity for sexual and gender minorities and trauma-informed medical education.

Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Javeed Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. In his role as Chair/Chief, Dr. Sukhera is responsible for advancing the IOL's clinical, research, and educational missions including training programs in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing, as well as several endowed research centers. He is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals, and he has been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services.

Charles Rhoads

Charles Rhoads is a senior staff editor at MedEdPORTAL. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and has master’s degrees in library science from Columbia University and in English from Northwestern University, as well as a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has been editing professionally since 1992, for a variety of financial, legal, and scientific publishers both for- and nonprofit. In 2015, he was hired by the AAMC and joined the MedEdPORTAL editorial team. He has never moderated a panel discussion before, but he will try his best and begs your indulgence.

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