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Health Policy in the 2008 Election -- What the Candidates are Proposing and What You Need to Know

Dr. Grande will be discussing the candidates’ proposals for overhauling the health care system and the potential implications of an Obama or McCain victory on the health care system and the public.   He will also discuss the political context of the health care reform debate and prospects for actual reform with a new administration.

David T. Grande, MD, MPA
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania

Date: October 14, 2008 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

David Grande is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.  Dr. Grande’s research and work center on health policy with a specific focus on the health care safety net.  He recently chaired the health transition team for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and has worked with the City of Philadelphia and State of New Jersey on issues related to access to care. He also conducts research on aspects of medical professionalism including the civic and social roles of physicians and the influences of commercial marketing on the profession.  Dr. Grande is a general internist with a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University and a former Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1999.  Prior to residency, he served a full-time, one-year term as president of the American Medical Student Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Physicians Alliance. 

Special Networking Session for Women Fellows & Residents*

(*Reserved for women fellows and women residents only, please)

The Tenure System at Penn:
What You Need to Know as You Plan Your Career

Janice Bellace, JD, MSc
The Wharton School
Former Deputy Provost
University of Pennsylvania

Victoria A. Mulhern
Executive Director, Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Date: Nov. 20, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Founders 3, Plaza A (snacks provided!)

This networking event is being sponsored jointly by:
The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) & FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women (FOCUS)

A presentation that FOCUS is jointly sponsoring along with the Women's Medical Student Association (WMSA) and the American Medical Student Association(AMSA) at Penn Medicine.

The Changing Face of Medicine

Drs. Jerry Jacobs and Ann Boulis will be presenting their most recent research about women in medicine, the topic of their recently published book, The Changing Face of Medicine. By drawing on quantitative data and personal anecdote, they will discuss the ways in which female physicians have shaped the practice of medicine, and in turn, how the practice of medicine has shaped these women. Guests will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion following the lecture.

Jerry Jacobs, PhD
Professor of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

Ann Boulis, PhD
Research Associate in Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

Date: March 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: BRB II/III Room 253 (Biomedical Research Building, 421 Curie Blvd.)


Communicating Your Accomplishments Effectively*

(*Reserved for women only, please)

Many leaders, particularly women, tend to assume if they work hard and produce good results that their effort will “speak for itself.” In reality, this seldom occurs. Rather, it is incumbent upon leaders to communicate their accomplishments in a proactive yet subtle manner to create appropriate visibility for themselves and their work. This workshop will focus on overcoming the barriers that may prevent leaders from effectively communicating their achievements, learning about strategic best practices, and developing an action plan for ethical self-promotion.

Barbara Eiser, MA, MCP, ACC
President of Leading Impact, Inc.
Executive Coaching and Leadership Development

Date: March 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Barbara Eiser, M.A., M.C.P., is a nationally-recognized executive coach and organizational consultant specializing in leadership development, change management, strategic team facilitation, and presenting customized leadership workshops.  As President of Leading Impact, she partners with clients to stretch their interpersonal, strategic, and team competencies to accomplish measurable results.  With her line and management experience, Barbara quickly establishes credibility and trust, and helps clients develop customized, practical solutions to issues that incorporate their organization's culture, policies and processes. Before founding Leading Impact, Barbara was a Vice President in major New York and Chicago companies.  Her consulting clients include Fortune 500 companies, medical centers, universities, government, and professional services firms.  She has coached Fortune 500 Division Presidents, high-potential global managers, senior executive teams, and U.S. Navy Admirals.  She has led strategic planning and change initiatives, managed teams, created career path systems, and served on executive task forces for computer systems conversions, product innovations, company startups and acquisitions. Barbara is a Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation.  She holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Master in City Planning from Harvard University.  She has taught Leading Organizational Change in an M.B.A. program, authored articles in national leadership journals, and presented national leadership workshops.  She has served on Boards of Directors in New York and Chicago, and is in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in America. Barbara’s health care clients include American Board of Internal Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and St. Christopher’s Hospital.  She recently presented a leadership workshop at the national annual conference of the AAMC, and she is a coach in Drexel College of Medicine’s Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.  She has authored several articles on health care leadership in national journals, including Physician Executive

A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.


What's in a Cause? Exploring the Relationship
between Genetic Etiology and Felt Stigma

The claim that genetic conditions are inherently stigmatizing is an implicit assumption in much commentary about the social and ethical implications of genetic research and testing. To examine whether and under what conditions this might be the case we conducted an interview study of 86 individuals with one of 4 conditions: deafness or hearing loss, breast cancer, sickle cell disease, and cystic fibrosis  and also examined the alternative hypothesis that the social interpretation of disease results not from a single factor such as its cause but from a combination of attributes, including symptoms, treatment, and the social status of the people among whom it first, most typically, or most publicly appears.

Pamela Sankar, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioethics
Department of Medical Ethics
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics
Senior Fellow, Leonard David Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania

Date: April 14, 2009 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Pamela Sankar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees in the History of Ideas, Anthropology, and Communications, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Sankar worked in child and maternal health projects in western and southern Africa and as a science reporter for public radio.  Dr. Sankar’s research concerns the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects and examines miscommunication between researchers and subjects that lead to ethical conflicts. Combining communication theory and anthropology, this research has located miscommunication in basic concepts such as benefit, experimental, genetic, and confidential, which various stakeholders treat as self-evident yet to which they attribute distinctly different meanings. Her current research focuses on the use of race and ethnicity as variables in genetics research and how physician and scientist understanding of these concepts shapes interactions with patients and research subjects and contributes to public discourse on science. Dr. Sankar has served often as a member of working groups on genetics and ethics, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (SAC-GT), Informed Consent/IRB Issues Workgroup, and the National Human Genome Research Institute’s program on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of genetic research, and currently sits on advisory boards for several organizations including the Banco Nacional de AND (DNA Bank of Spain) and the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics. Dr. Sankar's research and scholarship have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Ayer Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation.


Using Maps to Create, Reinforce, and Challenge Geographic Health Disparities

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly used for mapping and analyzing spatial data in public health and social science research. This presentation will provide an overview of how GIS works and its current application to health research.  Dr. Hillier will explore examples of the use of GIS in ecological studies, including several local studies relating to access to healthy food, physical activity levels in parks, and children's exposure to outdoor advertising. She will also describe how maps were used throughout the 20th century to create and reinforce racial and economic inequality through “redlining” and other forms of discrimination which impacted negatively on the health of those neighborhoods.  More recently, maps are being used to challenge and redress some of these longstanding discriminatory patterns. 

Amy Hillier, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning, School of Design
Secondary faculty appointment, School of Social Policy & Practice
Faculty co-director, Cartographic Modeling Lab
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute and Center for Public Health Initiatives

Date: April 24, 2009 (Friday)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Amy Hillier was trained in social work practice and social welfare research at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice. Her research focuses on applications of GIS and spatial analysis of urban geographic disparities in health and housing. She teaches courses in GIS and spatial analysis for graduate city planning, urban spatial analytics, public health, and social work students and undergraduate urban studies students. Her current curriculum, public outreach, and research project, Mapping the Du Bois Philadelphia Negro, uses GIS and primary historical documents to recreate the survey W.E.B. Du Bois conducted in 1896 of Philadelphia's Seventh Ward.


Special Networking Session for Women Fellows & Residents*

(*Reserved for women fellows and residents)

Thinking about Next Steps: A Panel Discussion of Career Paths after Training

This panel discussion will be an opportunity to tackle important questions about job-seeking and general career guidance for women trainees. The primary purpose of this unique session will be to address themes that are less commonly discussed such as the rewards and challenges of pursuing an academic career vs. private practice or industry, consideration of academic institutions that may differ from Penn, and work-life balance in these various environments. To this end, we have specifically identified panelists who are either current or former Penn medical faculty and who have also had diverse experiences ranging from working at other academic health centers, non-academic institutions, industry, or in other healthcare sectors. We also plan to discuss "nuts and bolts" topics such as negotiating contracts, being savvy about salaries, and options such as job-sharing and part-time work. Full Program Details [pdf document]


Jo Buyske, MD
Associate Executive Director
The American Board of Surgery
(Former Chief of Surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center)

Jeane Ann Grisso, MD, MSc
Professor of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
(Former Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Aili Lazaar, MD
Director, Respiratory CEDD Discovery Medicine GlaxoSmithKline
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Antonia Sepulveda, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Surgical Pathology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
(Former faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

Date: May 13, 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Light dinner provided!)
New Location: Room 252, Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III), 421 Curie Boulevard

This networking event is being sponsored jointly by the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) & FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women (FOCUS)