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Every year, experts from the fields of medicine, health care, and education are invited to Chicago Medical School/RFUMS to discuss topics pertaining to diversity.
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.
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.
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.
October 4, 2013
As part of the 2013 CMS Alumni Weekend, Chicago Medical School hosted a Multicultural Summit. This event, held in recognition of the achievements of the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP), provided a platform for CMS alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners to talk about some of the issues faced by underrepresented minorities in the health care field. Several alumni were invited to share their experiences and give advice to current and future students.
In the video below, 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 video below, 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.
At an awards dinner following the Multicultural Summit, several individuals in CMS and CAHMCP were honored for their commitment to CAHMCP’s mission of increasing the number of qualified minorities matriculating into medical school. Timothy Hansen, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics, received the Shining Star Award; Theodore Booden, PhD, former dean of CMS, received the Visionary Award; K. Michael Welch, MB, ChB, FRCP, president and CEO of RFUMS, received the Legacy Award; Reggie Jones, PhD, executive director of CAHMCP, received the Trailblazer Award; and John Bradley, EdM, director of CAHMCP’s Post Baccalaureate Program, received the Pioneer Award. Certificates of Recognition were presented to several Illinois senators and congressional representatives.