Lunchtime Seminar Series


FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research
  • professional development for academic physicians
  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.

Afaf and facultySessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.

Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

WIM- Davies 2013

2017 - 2018 Current Seminar Series

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*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 (Tuesday)
, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: To Be Determined

Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Vice Chair for Clinical Operations, Department of Psychiatry
Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital
Executive Medical Director, Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services
Executive Clinical Director, Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine

Dealing Effectively With Difficult People At Work

Dr. Foster will describe her approach to recognizing, understanding and managing behavior that is perceived to be disruptive in the workplace. She will describe the most common types of people who tend to have interpersonal difficulties and offer strategies to improve relationships.


BIO: Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Psychiatry at UPHS, and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. Her clinical practice includes general psychiatry, with a special emphasis on acute inpatients, psychopharmacology, and corporate development that provides support and evaluation services to executives. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in a combined and accelerated BA/MD program with Lehigh University, Dr. Foster completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. She also attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Foster is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Association of Physician Leaders, and was elected to Penn Medicine's inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians. Dr. Foster serves as the Executive Medical Director of Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services, a division of the Department of Psychiatry that includes its own employee assistance program and administrative services organization. She also leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is the Executive Clinical Director of the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine, a publicly-offered consultation service. Dr. Foster is a noted educator and has received The Dr. Henry P. & M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundations National Psychiatric Endowment Award, The J. Martin Myers Award, The Earl Bond Award, The Blockley-Osler Award, and The Dean’s Award, all for clinical excellence and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also received numerous residency teaching awards and has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Foster is board-certified in psychiatry and has served as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.