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November 2021 plenary session: Science and storytelling: Making physicians’ voices the loudest in the room

Saturday, Nov. 6: 9–10:30 a.m.

The pandemic has revealed the need, now more than ever, for elevating physician voices. When it comes to medicine, the AMA believes physician voices should be the loudest in the room.

Watch the recording and read the transcript of the Nov. 6 sections’ plenary session with Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, a renowned scientist, physician and advocate, and a panel of AMA physician thought leaders.

Special guest

  • Peter Hotez, MD, PhD


  • Jerry Abraham, MD
  • Daniel Choi, MD
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, MD
  • Megan Srinivas, MD


  • Todd Unger, AMA chief experience officer and senior vice president

These educational sessions offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™:

  • Breaking the script—Improving end‐of‐life care communication for seniors and LGBTQ elders (Nov. 7)
  • Contemporary medical staff challenges: Supervising advanced practice providers (Nov. 6)
  • Health equity education—Presentation & conversation with Heather McGhee (Nov. 14)
  • Innovative contracting for private practice physicians (Nov. 6)
  • Racial diversity in the academic physician “supply chain” (Nov. 6)

This educational session offers AMA PRA Category 1.50 Credit(s)™:

  • The art of leadership (Nov. 6)

See the specific session listed on this page for the accreditation, designation, disclosure, MOC statements and instructions on how to claim credit. .

To claim CME visit the AMA Ed Hub™. Deadline to claim credit is Dec. 31, 2021.

11–11:30 a.m.

Fireside CHIT panel


  • Rob Davis, vice president of AMA Health System Insights and Informatics
  • Thomas Mason, MD

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11:25 a.m.–12:25 p.m.

Contemporary medical staff challenges: Supervising advanced practice providers

This program will address contemporary medical staff issues, with a focus on the supervisory relationship between physicians and advanced practice providers. Attendees will be provided a high-level environmental scan of challenges supervisory arrangements, legal implication, and best practices for medical staffs to employ to minimize their risks when supervising advanced practice providers.


  • Elizabeth Snelson, Esq.

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12:30–1:45 p.m.

Addressing racism in clinical settings and the next generation of URM physicians: Lived experiences, lessons learned, and strategies developed

A panel of experts will share examples of racism in clinical settings and how physicians and medical students might consider responding. The discussion will include topics such as institutional policies for staff and patients, best practices and coping techniques.


  • Michael Knight, MD, MSHP, MAS chair
  • David Jacobs, MD

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1:30–2 p.m.

Victims of human trafficking


  • Anita Ravi, MD, MPH

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1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Racial diversity in the academic physician ‘supply chain’

This live session will explore the challenges to and opportunities for increasing the racial diversity of academic physicians. Strategies include the need for mentoring and holistic admissions processes throughout the transition points in medical education (into medical school, from medical school to residency, residency to fellowship and medical education into faculty practice) and systemic support to increase recruitment and retention through belonging. Academic physicians and all others interested in health equity will gain insights into this important aspect of progress towards a system of medical education and practice that is fair and equitable for all patients and physicians.


  • Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, MD, MEd, chair, APS Governing Council
  • Joaquin Baca, MSPH, director, Medical Education Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, AMA
  • Mark Meyer, MD, APS chair-elect
  • Alma B. Littles, MD, APS delegate
  • Neel B. Shah, MB, ChB, APS member at-large

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2–3:30 p.m.

Busharat Ahmad Leadership Development Program "Art of Leadership"

This program will provide the best practices on what it takes to be an effective leader. Learn about the link between a person's leadership style and a leader's self-awareness of their actions.


  • Patrice Harris, MD, MA, past president, AMA

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2:45–3:45 p.m.

Innovative contracting for private practice physicians

This panel discussion will focus on the contracting considerations for new private practice physicians, as well as innovative contracting for established private practice physicians. Specific topics that will be addressed include recent trends in payer contracts, such as “value-based” contracts, cost and quality provisions and telehealth adoption. The panel will be moderated by an external legal expert and include two private practice physicians who will share their real-world experiences and strategic insights.

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5:30–6 p.m.

Coping with the passing of a patient


  • Kathleen Franco, MD

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9:40–10:25 a.m.

Update on CMS quality and value initiatives

Michelle Schreiber, MD, director, Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS, returns to the IPPS for a continuing discussion and update on CMS’s recent work related to quality measures and value-based care. Dr. Schreiber was previously with the Henry Ford Health System, MI.


  • Adnan Munkarah, MD, IPPS vice chair
  • Michelle Schreiber, MD

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10:25–11:25 a.m.

Hospital at home: IPPS member organizations blaze a new trail

Hospital at home programs that enable patients to receive acute care at home have proven effective in improving outcomes while cutting costs. Prior to the pandemic, widespread adoption of the model in the U.S. was hampered by a variety of factors including the reluctance of payers to reimburse physicians for services in home settings. However, the acceleration of digital health in 2020-21 has uniquely paved the way for these initiatives to become more broadly accepted. Learn how our IPPS member organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Marshfield Clinic, Henry Ford Health System and many others are leading the transformation of healthcare delivery in the home setting.


  • Michael Suk, MD, AMA Board of Trustees
  • Stephen Parodi, MD
  • Bruce Muma, MD
  • Travis Messina

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10:45–11:45 a.m.

Research Initiative to Sponsor and Empower Women in Medicine and Science

While there is an increased number of women in the U.S. physician workforce, little has been done to address the complex issues of their marginalization and lack of career advancement. One of the critical challenges that women physicians face is lack of opportunities for growth in research, which is one of the key criteria for promotion in academic medicine.

In the program, Research Initiative to Sponsor and Empower Women in Medicine and Science (RISE WIMS), researchers aimed to explicitly address these structural barriers by providing a formal research sponsorship program, in which women physicians were formally invited to existing research projects or given the opportunity to initiate a new project with a sponsor’s support.


  • Vidhya Prakash, MD
  • Heeyoung Han, PhD
  • Susan Thompson Hingle, MD
  • Wendi El-Amin, MD

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1:30 – 2 p.m.

Fireside chat: Impact of hearing impairment on older adults

Charlotte S. Yeh, MD, chief medical officer from AARP Services Inc., will discuss the impact of hearing impairment on health outcomes, cost of care, access and senior well-being. Knowing what we now know about the serious impact of hearing impairment on health, social engagement and quality of life, even in the earliest stage of mild loss, we need to begin discussing the importance of hearing impairment for older adults. It’s not about hearing loss, but what we gain when we hear: better social connections, better health and a better life!


  • James F. Burdick, MD, SPS immediate past chair
  • Charlotte S. Yeh, MD

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1:45–2:15 p.m.

Understanding the well-being of LGBTQI+ populations

More Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or other non-binary identities (LGBTQI+) than ever before, but significant gaps remain in data collection and understanding of their health and well-being. Join us to learn about the National Academies’ findings on the physical and mental health of the LGBTQI+ population in the U.S. and discuss how physicians and medical institutions can contribute to advancing equity.


  • Kellan Baker, PhD, MPH, MA

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3–4 p.m.

Breaking the script—Improving end-of-life care communication for seniors and LGBTQ elders

While approaches to end-of-life care have advanced considerably in recent decades, our ability to effectively communicate with patients, families and caregivers about options, needs and wishes has not kept pace. This is especially true for the 2.4 million LGBTQ seniors currently living in the U.S.—nearly half (48 percent) of whom have not shared their sexual orientation or gender identity with their doctors. Learn how physicians can make communications changes to improve care and advance equity in aging.


  • Ved V. Gossain, MD, SPS chair-elect
  • Carey Candrian, PhD
  • Deaton Jones, MSS Governing Council
  • Frank Dowling, MD, LGBTQ Governing Council
  • Magda Houlberg, MD, LGBTQ Governing Council
  • Amita Gupta, MD, MHS

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Noon–1 p.m.

Structural inequities in medicine: Impacts on the person and profession

Building on the foundation of HOD policy and holding medical culture accountable, this session will examine the issue of structural inequities in medicine. Panelists will explore how systems of power have impacted their training and medical careers. In addition, the program will identify resources from the AMA Center for Health Equity that can help address the drivers of health inequity that continue to cause harm to marginalized communities and society as a whole.


  • Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH, vice president of equitable health systems and innovation, AMA Center for Health Equity
  • Ricardo Correa, MD, EdD, FACP, FACE, FAPCR, FACMQ, program director of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship and the director of diversity for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • William McDade, MD, PhD, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Davy Ran, MSc, MPH, medical student at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and AMA-MSS LGBTQ+ Standing Committee member

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1-4 p.m.

The Sum of Us: Context for Discussions of Equity and Anti-Racism in Healthcare

A fireside chat with Jack Resneck Jr., MD, president-elect, AMA, and Heather McGhee, JD, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.

Access as your schedule permits.

Issues of ethical importance: Health care for pediatric LGBTQ+ patients

Compassionate care starts with us: educating medical students on working with patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Medical misinformation gone viral: The science of misinformation spread and how to combat it

Educating low-literacy patients to understand health insurance systems post-passage of the Affordable Care Act

A pandemic within a pandemic: Using telehealth to recognize the signs of intimate partner violence

Developing communication standards between providers and Arab Immigrants/Refugees

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