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Navigating Differences Through a Humanistic Approach: Professional Formation: Anti-Racism Module

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation supported creating an online module, facilitator guides, faculty development materials, and research that will contribute to ending racism in health care education. Dennis H. Novack, MD, highlights sections and videos from the module and discusses how to use the module in a comprehensive antiracism curriculum for health care training. He is a professor of medicine and an associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine, overseeing clinical skills teaching and assessment. He is the president of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, a past president of the American Psychosomatic Society, and a founding member of the Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

Jo Shapiro, MD, discusses unprofessional behaviors, which undermine both patient safety risk as well as healthcare team member wellbeing. She will share the key components of how to support professional interactions throughout the institution, holding both the individual as well as the institution accountable for the culture we create. Dr. Shapiro is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School, a consultant at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Critical Care, and Principal Faculty at the Center for Medical Simulation.

 Jill Thistlethwaite, PhD, talks about her book chapter, Becoming Interprofessional: Professional Identity Formation in the Health Professions, from the Richard and Sylvia Cruess and Yvonne Steinert book, Teaching Medical Professionalism: Supporting the Development of a Professional Identity.

Barry Egener, MD, discusses how the concept of professionalism can be applied not only to individuals, but also to the organizations in which they work. He explores some controversies in the concept of organizational professionalism and how the concept may have applications outside of medicine.

Ronald Epstein, MD, – internationally recognized family physician, palliative care physician, educator, researcher and writer -- has devoted his career to understanding and improving communication and mindfulness in medicine. His scholarly articles have revolutionized doctors’ view of their work, and his recent book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity (Scribner, 2017) shows how becoming mindful can transform healthcare, build strong connections between doctors and patients, and help clinicians flourish while providing the best care for patients. Learn more about Dr. Epstein’s work at, with links to speaking engagements, upcoming workshops, over 300 scholarly publications, and his book.