Medical Education Grand Round


Thursday, December 9, 2021, 8:00am to 9:30am


Via Zoom

The Academy at Harvard Medical School  with the HMS Office of Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) announces: 

Keeping our Pledge to Health Equity and  Anti-Racism


Overview: The first wave of reform to modern medical education occurred early in the 20th century following the Flexner report. The second wave arose in the latter half of the last century driven by problem based learning and community orientation. Recently, the Lancet Commission called for a third wave of reform to create transformative system-based medical education. This is an excellent aspiration...but is it possible? While progress has been made in explicit forms of racism in the medical profession, there remain deeply embedded structural dimensions of racism in our healthcare system. Acknowledging these features of the system and the implicit biases they perpetuate is essential if the profession's goals are equitable medical care and medical education.
In this special co-sponsored medical education grand rounds, the speakers will explore these issues from multiple perspectives with the intention of providing deeper understanding of the challenges the medical profession faces and the opportunities afforded leadership in medicine. The speakers will present historical analysis to consider the origins of structural racism in medicine. Sociologic and medical evidence will be reviewed to highlight ongoing challenges with implicit bias and equity. Finally, a systems framework will be used to show that diversity and inclusion is not just pertinent to social justice specifically, but to complex problem solving activities characteristic of the academic medical center more generally (research, education, patient care).
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to
  1. Identify system level opportunities for promoting health equity;
  2. Identify necessary structural competency training for trainees and faculty;
  3. Explain the role of diversity and inclusion in complex problem solving.


Monica Vela, MD, FACP
Director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence,
University of Illinois at Chicago
James N. Woodruff, MD FACP
Professor of Medicine
Dean of Students, Pritzker School of Medicine
The University of Chicago
Accreditation Statement
The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity