2019 Speakers

Special Guest Speaker:

Friday, May 31, 2019 over Breakfast:
Robert Arnold, MD
"A career is a long time:  Lessons, books and the importance of self-education"


TED-Style Keynote Speakers:

Friday, May 31, 2019 General Session:
Javeed Sukhera, MD, Phd, FRCPC
"Bias in the Mirror: Breaking Bias without Breaking Ourselves"

Sunday, June 2, 2019 General Session:
Denise Davis, MD
"Equity and the Power of Personal Narratives"

Robert Arnold, MD

Dr. Arnold A career is a long time: Lessons, books and the importance of self-education

Medical education stresses the importance of staying “up-to-date” and self-learning. However, the importance of growth (both in terms of internal work and skills) is often ignored in terms of communication skills and teaching. Using a dozen books, the talk will describe one academic’s growth as an educator and communicator, and hopefully motivate others to embark on similar journeys.

About Dr. Arnold:  @rabob
Dr. Arnold is a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He completed his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Subsequently he has been on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Dr. Arnold was named the first Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care. The chair emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, particularly at the end of life. He is the Director of the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication and the Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute. He is clinically active in palliative care. Dr. Arnold has published on end-of-life care, hospice and palliative care, doctor-patient communication and ethics education. His current research interests are focused on educational interventions to improve communication in life-limiting illnesses and better understanding how ethical precepts are operationalized in clinical practice. He also is working with the UPMC Health System to develop system-wide, integrative palliative services throughout the health system. He is the Past-President of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities as well as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Javeed SukheraBias in the Mirror: Breaking Bias without Breaking Ourselves

Bias is everywhere. Politicians are talking about it, corporations are trying to eradicate it and people are dying because of it. In contrast to explicit biases such as obvious racism or sexism, implicit biases exist outside our awareness and influence us despite our best intentions. This session will start with introduction to the concept of implicit bias, and its relevance to communication in healthcare. Next, Dr. Sukhera describes a framework for recognizing and managing biases that has relevance for individuals and organizations. Through striving for our ideals while accepting our shortcomings we can reflect on our biases, change our behaviour and co-create change within society.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the topic of implicit bias and its relevance to communication in healthcare.
  2. Describe a framework for implicit bias recognition and management for health professionals
  3. Be inspired to co-create more empathic, patient-centered, and relationship-focused organizational cultures.

About Dr. Sukhera:  @javeedsukhera
Dr. Javeed Sukhera, is Interim Chair and Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada where he is also the Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre. He completed his honours bachelor of science degree at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and medical degree at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), an innovative collaboration between Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel that provides a four-year MD program with an emphasis on global health. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester. He has also completed a PhD in Health Professions Education. His research focuses on implicit bias recognition and mental illness stigma reduction. His work has been recognized by the Western University Department of Psychiatry Clinical Innovation Award, Arnold Gold Foundation Humanism Scholars Award and the AMS Phoenix Fellowship. 

Denise Davis, MD

Dr. Denise DavisEquity and the Power of Personal Narratives

The poet and distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni  has said “I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility." This TED style talk is an interactive experience of using communication tools to invite the stories of others in a radically respectful way.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify an open ended question that invites an appreciative conversation about identity

2. Identify 2 benefits of eliciting personal narratives from patients or team members

About Dr. Davis:
Denise L. Davis is a general internist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco. She also serves as Associate Director for Faculty Development for the San Francisco VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education and is UCSF School of Medicine Specialist for Diversity. Dr. Davis teaches faculty development workshops locally and nationally on communication skills, including ground breaking workshops for the Academy on Communication in Healthcare on opening discussions about race and other differences in clinical settings and facilitating small groups with cultural humility. She has conducted focus groups with African American patients about health and doctor-patient communication, the results of which inform her teaching. Dr. Davis consults and teaches nationally on topics including improving doctor-patient communication, obtaining informed consent, negotiating cultural differences in clinical relationships, disclosing medical errors and giving effective feedback. Dr. Davis is a recipient of the Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Davis was elected to the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators in 2015 and was elected to the UCSF Gold Headed Cane Society in 2017. In 2018 Dr. Davis was awarded the UCSF Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Leadership Award.