Pathways to Careers in Medicine: Expanding Opportunities and Strengthening the Physician Workforce
Access to healthcare and the quality of care received is positively affected by having a more diverse and culturally representative physician workforce. Creating a more diverse workforce in the long-term requires thoughtful efforts to attract and nurture a wide range of individuals throughout their school years. Physician pathway programs can help expose students from underrepresented groups to the medical profession, and provide opportunities and encouragement to help interested students successfully prepare for medical school and medical practice.
Join the Illinois State Medical Society for a session with William A. McDade, M.D., Ph.D, our program discusses the potential of physician pathway programs to help build a more robust, diverse and culturally representative workforce by providing opportunities and support to students from underrepresented backgrounds and communities to pursue careers in medicine.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe why a diverse physician workforce is important to health care access, patient care and quality outcomes.
- Identify different types of physician pathway programs and the opportunities they offer students.
- Describe ways residency programs can increase engagement with students participating in pathway programs and help support programs in their communities.
Physician and clinician policyholders
There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.
The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.
The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.
William A. McDade, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. McDade is Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and adjunct professor of Anesthesiology at Rush Medical College. Previously, he was EVP/Chief Academic Officer for the Ochsner Health System; Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs for the Pritzker School of Medicine; and Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues at UChicago.
Dr. McDade has served on boards for the American Medical Association, Joint Commission, National Board of Medical Examiners and ACGME. Dr. McDade served as ISMS President from 2014-2015, and served as chair of the National Medical Association’s Anesthesiology Section and of the AMA’s Council on Medical Education. Dr. McDade is a graduate of Pritzker’s Medical Scientist Training Program earning a PhD in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology before training in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Participation Credit