Celebration of Diversity Week

Diversity and inclusion are core values at the UF College of Medicine. The Celebration of Diversity Week was designed to honor those values and explore opportunities to work within our community to promote cross-cultural understanding and address health care disparities.

Monday, April 3

Kickoff Celebration & Dean’s Grand Rounds
Noon1:30 p.m. | George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building South Learning Studio (Room # 135)
Guest speaker Kate Ratliff, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will present Grand Rounds on the topic of “Implicit Bias.” Interested parties may participate in the Implicit Association Test here. This event will include boxed lunch.

To receive a lunch, please RSVP to RSVP@hsc.ufl.edu.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
Noon – 1 p.m. | McKnight Brain Institute Neurology Large Conference Room (Room # L3-101)
Dr. Michael Okun, Chair of the Department of Neurology, will discuss the role and importance of diversity in neurology in this session, which is designed for trainees and residents.

Tuesday, April 4

“The Road to Leadership in Academic Family Medicine: Challenges and Reward”
12:15 1:15 p.m. | Communicore C1-15
This event features Dr. Jeannette South-Paul, Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Click here to view a live stream.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
Noon – 1 p.m. | McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (Room # LG-101A)
Laura K. Guyer, Ph.D., ME.d., RDN, will present Grand Rounds on the topic of “Illness and Medicine: A Multicultural Perspective.” Dr. Guyer is part of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She teaches Introduction to Health Disparities and Practicum in Health Disparities. The event will also include a moderated panel of students who will discuss perceptions of illness and medicine within their cultures. Brief articles to stimulate discussion will be sent a week in advance.

Wednesday, April 5

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
7:15 a.m. | Shands North Tower Room 6120
Dr. Donna M. Parker, UF College of Medicine Associate Dean for Diversity and Health Equity and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, will present Grand Rounds on the topic of “Diversity in the Physician Workforce: Impact on Patient Care.”

College of Medicine Faculty Spring Reception (INVITE ONLY)
6 8 p.m. | University House

Please RSVP to Melissa Liverman at liverman@ufl.edu or 352-294-5343.

Thursday, April 6

Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds on Diversity
8 a.m. Noon | Communicore C1-15
All are encouraged to attend these events.

  • 8 – 10 a.m. | Dr. Marcus Martin, University of Virginia Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton, Professor of Emergency Medicine at LSU, will present Grand Rounds on the topic of “Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care.”
  • 10 – 11 a.m. | Dr. Leon Haley, UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville Dean; Dr. Marcus Martin, University of Virginia Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; and Dr. Ian Martin, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University, will host a panel discussion titled “Career Challenges and Leadership Lessons in Academic Emergency Medicine.”
  • 11 a.m. – Noon | Dr. Rawle Seupaul, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will host a talk titled “Career Lessons of a Diagnostician.”
  • After noon | Drs. Marcus Martin and Lisa Moreno-Walton will host a book signing for “Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care” (Springer 2016).

Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine Celebration of Diversity Faculty Luncheon (INVITE ONLY)
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | BMS Atrium
This event will include international cuisine.

Friday, April 7

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds
7 8 a.m. | Barron Conference Room (Room # M304)
Dr. M. Rony Francois will present Grand Rounds on the topic of “Health Disparities: Our Journey Toward Health Equity in the United States.” Dr. Francois has served as director of the Georgia Division of Public Health and Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Health. He also served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Health under then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from 2005 to 2007.

Dean’s Luncheon and Accepted Student Weekend (INVITE ONLY)
12:30  2:00 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building

Medical Student Accepted Student Weekend Reception (INVITE ONLY)
6 8 p.m. | Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

“Medicine and Racist Ideas: A History”
6:30 p.m. | McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium (Room # LG-101A)
This event will feature guest speaker Dr. Ibram Kendi, a National Book Award winner and UF Assistant Professor of African American History. All are encouraged to attend. 

Spring Social (INVITE ONLY)
7:30 p.m. | Academic Research Building courtyard
A gathering for minority faculty, alumni and trainees (including fellows, residents and graduate students). Live entertainment by the funk band Fastlane. Business casual attire is recommended.

Please RSVP here.

Saturday, April 8

Harrell Medical Education Building Simulation Experience and Tour (INVITE ONLY)
Noon 1:30 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building

Please RSVP to RSVP@hsc.ufl.edu.

Office for Diversity and Health Equity Emerald Ball (INVITE ONLY)
6:30 9:30 p.m. | Harrell Medical Education Building
This event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His presentation is titled “Holding Fast to Dreams  Empowering Youth for STEM Achievement.” Black tie optional.

Please RSVP to RSVP@hsc.ufl.edu or 352-294-8452.