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Diversity Champion Workshop

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Join other dermatology faculty champions one day prior to the Annual APD Meeting, Thursday Sept. 22, for our 4th Annual Diversity Champion Workshop. We will discuss dermatology diversity outreach programs and initiatives, exchange ideas, and share success stories.

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4th Annual Diversity Champion Workshop
Date: Sept. 22, 2022
Place: Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

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Register now for the Sept. 22 Diversity Champion Workshop in Chicago. Registration closes Sept. 16.

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  • It’s vital our future dermatologists provide the highest level of specialty care to patients; however, significant disparities in care remain, especially among minority populations. Evidence indicates that work force diversity reduces healthcare disparities. We believe by increasing the number of practicing dermatologists who are, themselves, under-represented minorities, we can positively impact these disparities.

    The American Academy of Dermatology is partnering with the Association of Professors of Dermatology, Skin of Color Society, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society to host this workshop which is designed for faculty members in dermatology residency programs who are involved in the evaluation and selection of candidates for their program.

    We encourage you to become a Diversity Champion and attend this important workshop to discuss diversity outreach programs, exchange ideas, and share success stories.

    Attendees will:

    • Drive awareness of the important role residency programs have in improving the diversity of the dermatology workforce.

    • Facilitate the establishment and development of diversity outreach programs.

    • Learn what other programs are doing to improve underrepresented minorities in medicine (URM) diversity in dermatology.

    • Increase awareness of holistic review processes for residency applicants.

    • Help expand cultural competence within all residency programs.

    • Contribute to improved patient health outcomes in minority communities.

    8:00 a.m.
    Ellen Nikki Pritchett, MD, FAAD; Rebecca Vasquez, MD, FAAD

    8:05 a.m.
    State of the Specialty (Updates)
    Katrina Abuabara, MD, FAAD

    8:30 a.m.
    Incorporating APD’s Holistic Rubric
    Michael Waul, MD, FAAD; Katrina Abuabara, MD, FAAD

    9:30 a.m.
    Strategies to Support and Retain Trainees/Creating Safe and Inclusive space
    Monica Vela

    10:30 a.m.

    10:40 a.m.
    Panel: Policies/Practices Implemented to Support or Create Safe and Inclusive Spaces for Trainees
    Klint Peebles, MD, FAAD; Ginette Okoye, MD, FAAD; Nina Botto, MD, FAAD; Katrina Abuabara, MD, FAAD; Howa Yeung, MD, FAAD; Sacharitha Bowers, MD, FAAD (Moderator)

    11:30 a.m.

    12:00 p.m.
    Structural Racism and Unconscious Bias: Root cause of workforce diversity and health disparities
    Ellen Nikki Pritchett, MD, FAAD; Rebecca Vasquez, MD, FAAD

    12:30 p.m.
    Perspectives from Nth Dimensions
    William A. Ross Jr., MD, FAAOS

    1:00 p.m.
    Perspectives from Trainees
    Shannon Zullo, MD; Herbert Castillo Valladares, MD; Maria Espinosa, MD; Jazzmin Williams; Sokhna Seck, MS; Brittany Lane

    * Italicized designates medical students

    1:50 p.m.

    2:00 p.m.
    Empowering Indigenous Community
    Lucinda Kohn, MD, FAAD; Camille E. Introcaso, MD, FAAD

    2:50 p.m.
    Challenging Questions
    Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD; Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD; Klint Peebles, MD, FAAD; Monica Vela; Howa Yeung, MD, FAAD; G. Pandya, MD, FAAD (Moderator)

    3:00 p.m.

    4:00 p.m.
    Breakout sessions

    1. Communicating across differences
      Nina Botto, MD, FAAD

    2. Holistic review
      Sacharitha Bowers, MD, FAAD; Michael Waul, MD, FAAD; Adena Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, FAAD

    5:00 p.m.
    Closing Remarks
    Ellen Nikki Pritchett, MD, FAAD; Rebecca Vasquez, MD, FAAD

    Reception directly following conclusion of Workshop
    AAD Leadership Opportunities
    Daniel D Bennett, MD, FAAD

    Westin Chicago River North
    320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
    Room: Grand Ballroom ABC

    Group rate for Run of House: $257 plus applicable state and local tax (does not guarantee a standard king or double) inclusive of basic guestroom internet.

    Book online or call central reservations department at (888) 627-8359 and reference the group block for APD Annual Meeting.

    The hotel cutoff date is Thursday, September 1, 2022.

    The Academy's Diversity Champion Workshop is hosted in tandem with the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD). We encourage attendees of the workshop to explore the APD's annual meeting, which occurs simultaneously.

    Learn about the third annual workshop

    Read an interview about the third annual Diversity Champion Workshop.


    The American Academy of Dermatology is not responsible for statements made by the faculty. Statements or opinions expressed in this activity reflect the views of the faculty and do not reflect the official policy of the American Academy of Dermatology. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for independent medical judgement of a health provider relative to the diagnostic, management and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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