National Chats for Change

The National Chats for Change sessions are available to all in the medical education and health care communities.

We invite you to share these sessions widely with your colleagues and encourage them to join us in these national conversations. 

Chats for Change | National Edition

Summer/Fall 2024 Schedule

Over the past few years there has been a growing need to counter polarization and encourage civil discourse. On the surface this might seem daunting as many of the available resources are specific to higher education. Often, this leaves many of us scratching our heads to figure out what civil discourse means and how it can be applied to medical education.

Join us in this six-part Civil Discourse series, as we examine current resources and literature on the topic, and determine how we can tailor it to our unique work and learning environments. 

Chats for Change | Summer/Fall 2024

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June 2024

Manage the Emotional Temperature

When a person’s emotional temperature spikes, nothing rational is happening and one’s response is often based on pure emotion. When this starts to happen, it’s a good sign the discussion might be losing its civility. Join us as we examine how to identify the various heat levels, or signs that things are becoming heated, and uncover strategies to adjust the heat level and promote civil discourse.

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

Wednesday, June 5 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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July 2024

Expanding Inclusion: What does this term mean for anti-racism work?  

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion as we delve into the evolving landscape of inclusivity, exploring its nuances, challenges, and opportunities in unsettling times. Together, let’s redefine what it means to truly embrace ‘expansive inclusion’ as a new dimension in addressing racism and bias. 

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, July 3 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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August 2024

In the News

Join us as we critically deconstruct a current newsworthy topic related to racism and bias in medicine and medical education. The topic will be shared one week prior to the session.  

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, August 7 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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September 2024

Locating the DEI Conversation: Where is your institution at?

Embark on a journey of introspection with us and explore the current state of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within your organization or institution. Join the dialogue as we review five different stages of the DEI conversation and interrogate what it means for our work in addressing racism and bias.     

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, September 4 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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October 2024

In the News 

Join us as we critically deconstruct a current newsworthy topic related to racism and bias in medicine and medical education. The topic will be shared one week prior to the session.    

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, October 2 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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November 2024

The rise of the Health Equity Officer role and Mimetic Isomorphism: What is at stake for anti-racism work?*

Join us for a compelling discussion on the emergence of the Health Equity Officer role and its implications for anti-racism efforts. Explore the concept of Mimetic Isomorphism (the tendency of an organization to imitate another organization’s structure because of the belief that the structure of the latter organization is beneficial) and its influence on organizational structures in medical education and healthcare. What’s at stake for anti-racism work as these roles evolve?  

 

*inspired by this article: The Rise of the School District Chief Equity Officer: Moving Beyond Mimetic Isomorphism and Promoting Anti-Racist Systemic Change 

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, November 6 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
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December 2024

In the News 

Join us as we critically deconstruct a current newsworthy topic related to racism and bias in medicine and medical education. The topic will be shared one week prior to the session.    

Facilitators: Ann-Gel Palermo, David Muller, MD & Leona Hess, PhD

 

Wednesday, December 4 at 12 pm EST  |  Join us on Zoom.
Reflection Corner

How much time do we have before interest in, and tolerance of, anti-racism wanes?

Inspired by the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”, this year’s theme will focus on cultivating a community of practice.

Let’s engage in collective problem-solving. Let’s seek shared experiences and learn from each other. Let’s break out of our silos and exchange information. Let’s discuss new developments and celebrate our wins. Let’s grow our confidence and ability to do this work together.

Learn more about how this can be possible with our RBI Resources.

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