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Health Equity and Medical Regulation: How Disparities are Impacting U.S. Health Care Quality and Delivery – and Why It Matters

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:00 – 8:00 pm (Eastern Time)


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At a time when many communities across America are struggling with issues of racial injustice and social unrest, national dialogue about systemic inequities is on the rise. Among the sectors increasingly being discussed is health care, where issues surrounding health equity – and the presence of racism and implicit bias – have been demonstrated.

The FSMB symposium, featuring prominent U.S. policy leaders, will explore these issues and why they are of critical importance to the nation’s medical regulatory system. Topics for discussion will include the impact of racism and implicit bias on health disparities and the need for systemic change to eliminate barriers that prevent access to quality care for at-risk communities. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be available for participation.

Keynote speakers will include Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League, and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Director of the Duke-Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy.  

Panelists will include Diana Currie, MD; Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH; and Leonard Weather Jr., MD.

The symposium will be hosted by FSMB Chair Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, MBA, and the panel discussion will be moderated by FSMB President and CEO Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MACP.

Please register today, as space will be limited for this event.

About the Keynote Speakers

Marc H. Morial
is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.

He served as the highly successful and popular Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, as well as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, he also holds a law degree from the Georgetown University.

He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine and one of the top 50 Non Profit Leaders by the Non Profit Times. He is the author of The Gumbo Coalition, a collection of lessons on the power of unity in a Democracy and a leadership framework for America's changemakers.

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Founding Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, nationally and internationally-recognized for research, evaluation, implementation, and educational initiatives to improve health policy and health.

He is a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy.

Before joining Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership.

About the Panelists 

Diana Currie, MD, is the Medical Director of Quality & Care Transformation for Providence Medical Group in Southwest Washington. She is on faculty at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency based at St. Peter hospital in Olympia, WA. She joined the Washington State Medical Commission in June 2019 and is the chair of the Health Disparities Workgroup.

Dr. Currie has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. While working in the field of Artificial Intelligence in the Bay Area, she volunteered at the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco during the 1980s. Her experience of the HIV/AIDS epidemic altered her career path into medicine. She attended Harvard Medical School, where she became interested in reproductive endocrinology and women’s health. 

As a frontline clinician working in a non-profit setting taking care of the most vulnerable, and as a commissioner and educator, she advocates for equitable delivery of safe, high quality health care for all people.


Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, serves as the Chief HealthEquity Officer and Group Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA), where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading the Center for HealthEquity. Prior to joining the AMA in 2019, Dr. Maybank served as the Founding Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also served as the Founding Director of the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. 

In 2012, along with a group of Black woman physician leaders, Dr. Maybank co-founded "We Are Doc McStuffins", a movement inspired by the Disney Junior character Doc McStuffins serving to shine a light on the critical importance of diversity in medicine.

Dr. Maybank received a BA from Johns Hopkins University, a MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and a MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a pediatrician and preventive medicine/public health physician.


Leonard Weather Jr., MD, is a member of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and a Past President of the National Medical Association. An obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Weather has presented more than 190 peer-reviewed presentations and papers on pelviscopic surgical treatment of infertility, endometriosis, pelvic pain and fibroids.

He invented the surgical procedure Optical Dissection Pelviscopy, to assist in the prevention of organ injury during laparoscopy. Dr. Weather is also a past president of the New Orleans Medical Association and the Louisiana Medical Association, and currently serves as the President of the Northern Louisiana Medical Association.

About the Host and Moderator

Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, MBA, Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards, is a board-certified allergist and internist dedicated to creating strategies for improving health and healthcare outcomes in diverse communities. She is a medical director at Carolina Complete Health, Centene in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Walker-McGill has served on faculty at the Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is also an adjunct professor at the Wingate Graduate School of Business in Charlotte. Dr. Walker-McGill has significant experience in population health, clinical medicine, occupational health and wellness, quality improvement, qualitative and quantitative study and education. Her activities have included developing and implementing quality improvement initiatives for patients with asthma and COPD and conducting physician education workshops on developing strategies for improving outcomes in high-risk patient populations.

Dr. Walker-McGill received undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and completed her residency and subspecialty training at Northwestern University. She received an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Humayun “Hank” Chaudhry, DO, MACP, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the FSMB. From 2016 to 2018 Dr. Chaudhry also served as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA), which represents 116 members in 48 nations.

Dr. Chaudhry is a graduate of New York University, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine and Harvard University’s School of Public Health. He completed an internship at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York, followed by an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital, New York, where he spent an additional year as Chief Medical Resident.

Dr. Chaudhry spent 14 years with the United States Air Force Reserve, rising to the rank of Major and serving as a Flight Surgeon. He spent two years as Health Commissioner for Suffolk County, New York, overseeing 1,300 employees and a budget of $400 million. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and co-author of “Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine,” 4th edition and “Medical Licensing and Discipline in America.”

Target Audience
The Federation of State Medical Boards' Annual Meeting as well as the Virtual Education Program are designed specifically for members and staff of state medical and osteopathic boards, as well as individuals interested in medical licensing, regulation and discipline.

Accreditation Statement
The Federation of State Medical Boards is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements
The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Federation of State Medical Boards certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating they participated in the activity that was designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The American Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 3.0 of AOA Category 2-B credits.

Disclosure Declaration
As an organization accredited by the ACCME, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) requires that the content of CME activities and related materials provide balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The FSMB has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the activity. The intent of this policy is to identify potential conflicts of interest so participants can form their own judgments with full disclosure of the facts. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity.

The speakers, course director and planners at the Federation of State Medical Boards, have nothing to disclose.

System Requirements
In order to view this presentation, your computer must have audio capabilities (working speakers or headphones) and must have an internet browser capable of playing an HTML5 video.

Instructions for Participants and Obtaining CME Credit
There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit and receive their certificates, participants must view this CME activity in its entirety and complete the evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 3 hours.


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