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Health Equity and Medical Regulation: How Disparities are Impacting U.S. Health Care Quality and Delivery – and Why It Matters (Jan. 26, 2021)

This symposium was originally recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The activity EXPIRED on January 26, 2022, and is no longer available for CME credit, but the recording is still viewable.


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, JD, 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, RPh.

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, JD,
is President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. As a civic leader, he served as the highly successful and popular Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002, and as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He also served as a Louisiana State Senator. Prior to his public service, Mr. Morial was in private practice as an attorney in New Orleans.

After the September 11 attacks, he led the effort to create a National Safety and Security Plan for American Cities, including the recommendation for a United States Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Morial 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.

Mr. Morial is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Economics and African American Studies, and received a law degree from Georgetown University.

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 and educational initiatives to improve health policy and health.
Dr. McClellan is a physician and an economist who has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, ranging from payment reform to strategies for more effective biomedical innovation.

Dr. McClellan is the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In both positions, he developed and implemented major initiatives and reforms in health policy. He has also held senior policy positions in the White House and Treasury Department.

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.

Dr. McClellan received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

About the Panelists 

Diana Currie, MD, is the Medical Director of Quality and 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, Washington. She joined the Washington State Medical Commission in June 2019 and is the Chair of the Commission’s 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 Bay Area in the 1980s, she volunteered at the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco. Her experience working there, during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, influenced her decision to pursue medicine as a career. She attended Harvard Medical School, where she became interested in reproductive endocrinology and women’s health and later, transgender hormone management. She began treating gender non-conforming and transgender patients in 2000, long before there was a national spotlight on transgender people.

As a commissioner and educator, and as a frontline clinician working in a non-profit setting, providing care for the most vulnerable, 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 New York City 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 and shining a light on the critical importance of diversity in medicine.

Dr. Maybank received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, an MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and a master’s in public health degree from Columbia University. She is a pediatrician and preventive medicine/public health physician.

Leonard Weather Jr., MD, is a physician 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 is a medical and surgical leader and innovator, known for inventing a surgical procedure that assists in the prevention of organ injury during laparoscopy.

Dr. Weather has held a variety of leadership positions in organized medicine, including service as President of the New Orleans Medical Association and the Louisiana Medical Association. He currently serves as the President of the Northern Louisiana Medical Association.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, and served as a member of the AMA’s Minority Affairs Section Governing Board. Dr. Weather is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy. He received an MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and completed his residency and fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize factors driving inequity and disparities in our current health care system.
  • Explain steps state medical boards should take to ensure the standard of care provided by licensees is equal across racial, ethnic and other minority communities.
  • Describe how health equity is impacted by the lack of minority representation in the health professions.
  • Cite examples of programs recently put in place by health care organizations to address the need for greater equity in healthcare.

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 internet enduring activity for a maximum of 2.5 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 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The American Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 2.5 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 2.5 hours.