Downstate-Led Initiative to be Presented at the Annual ACGME Conference

By Department of Surgery | Sep 29, 2022

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the national governing body overseeing residency education in the United States. Their upcoming Annual Education Conference in 2023 will be in person, with the theme of Meaning in Medicine: Making a Difference.

Jodi-Ann Edwards MD, Melanie Cheng MD, Elka Jacobson-Dickman MD, and Teresa Y Smith MD MSEd FACEP will represent Downstate at the 2023 ACGME Annual Educational Conference on February 23-25, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Edwards is one our third-year general surgery residents who has been recognized for her combination of scholarship and service while championing the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and mentorship.

Dr. Cheng is a Pediatric Hospitalist and the Assistant Chief Academic Officer for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Kings County Hospital Center, who holds leadership roles in multiple committees at her institution, aiming to improve equity in medical education.

Dr. Jacobson-Dickman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Associate Dean for Clinical Medicine, overseeing the Core Clinical and Advanced Clinical Medicine years of the Integrated Pathways Curriculum to assure the highest educational quality and supportive learning environment for students.

Dr. Smith is the Associate Dean of GME and Professor of Clinical Emergency, and works clinically in the Kings County Hospital emergency department. Dr. Smith oversees the Downstate GME with over 1,000 residents and fellows in 52 ACGME-accredited programs. She champions DEI in medicine and has received several awards for her demonstrated commitment to advising and mentoring medical students and trainees.

Their 75-minute didactic session is entitled Representation in Leadership: 360 Degree Reflections Among Women Mentor and Mentees and will focus on how mentorship, sponsorship, and access to medical sociocultural networks fosters equitable professional advancement. Through personal narratives, from both mentor and mentee perspectives, they will explore effective ways that mentorship and sponsorship contribute to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in medicine in leadership positions and emphasize that representation matters.

Tags: Residency, Mentorship, ACGME