Disability in Medicine Mutual Mentorship Program

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Tough Cases: Confronting Ableism in Healthcare (Dr. Stephanie Van)

09/21/23-5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Tough Cases: Confronting Ableism in Healthcare

Ableism permeates the culture of healthcare and medical education, impacting health outcomes for both patients and providers alike. This session will describe common themes of ableism in healthcare settings, confronting how ableism manifests within the dynamics of patient and provider, provider and provider, and instructor and trainee. By the end of the session, participants will have acquired new, preferred, non-biased terminology that is accurate and helpful, and feel empowered to incorporate allyship and advocacy throughout daily healthcare practices.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Stephanie Van is an interventional pain management specialist and Assistant Professor of PM&R at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also the leader of the JH Disability Inclusion Taskforce Awareness Workgroup, and a faculty co-leader of the JH Disability Medicine Curriculum Advisory Board. She earned her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed her residency in PM&R at Johns Hopkins, then trained as a pain medicine fellow at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. She is a passionate disability advocate and ally, and works to improve accessibility and inclusion throughout healthcare and medical education.

Check out Dr. Van’s YouTube channel: This Ability Clinic, for accessible and inclusive healthcare education!  https://www.youtube.com/@ThisAbilityClinic/

Meeting Agenda:
  1. Intro to the program and announcements (10 minutes)
  2. Presentation by Dr. Stephanie Van (60 minutes)
    • 5 tough cases, 10 minute group discussion for each
    • First case in breakout rooms
    • Remaining cases in main Zoom room
  3. Closing questions and answers (15 minutes)


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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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