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General Sessions

Friday, February 2

8:20–9:30 am

Reflections on Health Care Leadership: From Patient Care to Public Health

Rachel Levine, MD, Physician General, Pennsylvania  Department of Health

Dr Levine will discuss insights and perspectives gained by caring for patients in the LGBT community and patients with eating disorders. She will explore how physicians can impact underserved populations, patients, and community both in patient care and through leadership in academic institutions and governmental service. Learn how one physician is making an impact and addressing public health challenges and leave with ideas and inspiration for your own practice and professional identity.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand patient care challenges, specifically issues related to eating disorders, and LGBT health disparities
  • Understand public health challenges
  • Describe the major initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Dr Levine is Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She previously served as vice -chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She teaches at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters on these topics.

Saturday, February 3
8:35–9:30 am

Cura te Ipsum “Heal Thyself”: Strategies to Avert Burnout, Build Resilience and Model Wellness

Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Health care professionals are called upon to lead change and achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs every day. Health and wellness are core to personal and professional performance. Diminished resources and expanded expectations are contributing to a growing epidemic of burnout among health professionals and a public health crisis that is threatening the health and outcomes of our nation. It is critical to understand and overcome both individual and systems based factors that threaten well-being and decrease quality of life, satisfaction, and work life balance. 

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of Self-Care and the Impact of Burnout on individual performance, team effectiveness and community wellbeing.
  • Describe factors that threaten personal health and organizational wellness.
  • Explore evidence-based strategies for leading change personally and at the system level.

Dr Pipas is a professor in Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth’s School of Medicine. Over the last 23 years, she has served as assistant dean, vice chair, chief clinical officer, and director of the Office of Community-Based Education and Research and founding director of Dartmouth’s Regional Primary Care Center. She directs Dartmouth’s Leadership Curriculum and teaches Applied Leadership for the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She collaborates nationally and internationally to advance her vision for healthy individuals contributing to healthy communities. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Board of Trustees of Kimball Union Academy, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. She is past president of the New Hampshire Academy of Science, founding faculty for STFM’s Medical Student Educators Development Institute and has served on the NH Board of Medicine, and contributed to the STFM Leading Change Course and the AAMC National LEAD Certificate Program. Dr Pipas teaches, consults and collaborates with individuals and organizations broadly, including pre-health, healthcare and public health professionals. Her areas of interest and expertise include personal health and wellness, personal and professional leadership development, team and systems improvement, and community engagement, public health, and population health.

Sunday, February 4
8:30–9:30 am

Check the Boxes: Forging Your Path to Primary Care Leadership

J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, CPE Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, RubiconMD; Chief Executive Officer, Inspire Health Solutions, LLC; Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Primary care leadership has become increasingly essential to the vi-tality of our health care system, and diversity in thought, experience, and background is imperative to bolster and sustain primary care. However, for primary care leaders, there is no roadmap or architec-tural plan for this needed leadership, and role models that represent diverse potential leaders are scarce. How then, does the rising primary care leader or primary care learner follow a path that they cannot see? Is there one path? What if odds are stacked against them because of their race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, or beliefs? Must they fit into a box? Which box?  In this session, we will discuss paths to primary care leadership, the importance of diversity, and how to take the road less traveled, despite any odds.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand current disparities in medical, education and health care leadership for women and minorities
    • Understand the impact of discrimination on career selection and pathways
    • Learn strategies for blazing their own trail in primary care leadership or other directions   

    Dr Olayiwola is a family physician and chief clinical transformation officer for RubiconMD, a leading health technology platform that improves access to specialty care for underserved patients through electronic consultations. She is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. Prior to this, she served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care at UCSF.  She has been a leader in harnessing technology to increase access to care for underserved and disenfranchised populations and is an expert in the areas of health systems reform, practice transformation, health information technology, and primary care redesign. She has contributed to primary care transformation and health systems strengthening across the United States and in Singapore, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Australia and for the European Forum for Primary Care. Dr Olayiwola, a champion of diversity and inclusion in medicine, was also a faculty lead for the UCSF School of Medicine’s innovative Differences Matter initiative.  She is also the founder and CEO of Inspire Health Solutions, LLC, a health care firm that works to improve the experience of delivering and receiving health care, and assists organizations in finding new ways to innovate. She is the creator and curator of the national Minority Women Professionals are MVPs Conference series, which empowers and equips minority women of diverse backgrounds to survive and thrive in their careers. ​​

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