A core benefit for Illinois State Medical Society members is access to our popular webinar series. ISMS members and their staff can sign up for ISMS-sponsored webinars for free. Here is a list of our upcoming courses. Members receive email notifications when course registration opens. If you aren’t receiving notices, contact us to make sure you are added to our education promotion list.


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May 18Negotiating for a Win-Win
Noon-1 p.m.
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Many physicians are unaware of the opportunities they have to advocate for themselves with a potential employer, or how to access professional development resources to assist with negotiation. A poorly negotiated employment agreement or work schedule can negatively impact both a physician’s personal and professional life. The purpose of this activity is to educate physicians on the nuances of negotiation and self-advocacy, as to understand expectations of the employer during negotiations. The program will also help participants develop skills to utilize while negotiating, including growing confidence, while entering these conversations, which will ultimately form a better working relationship with their employer.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the concerns and issues physicians and employers may encounter while negotiating employment terms
  2. Recognize the nuances involved in negotiating an employment contract and accessing professional development resources
  3. Identify opportunities for employers and employees to negotiate and compromise
  4. Build stronger relationships between employed physicians and their employer

About the Presenters:

Anees Chagpar, MD, is Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine. She completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health, an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville, and an MBA for Executives with a focus on Leadership in Health care from Yale’s School of Management.

Stephen Fatum, JD, has counseled senior management and members of the boards of directors of medical groups, associations, hospitals, and health systems regarding governance structures, bylaws, operating agreements, mergers and acquisitions, reimbursement, compensation plans, joint ventures and federal and state regulatory compliance. He analyzes and negotiates a wide range of agreements, including for professional services, employment, shareholder, affiliations, lease employees, separation and management services. In addition, he defends physicians subject to disciplinary proceedings and is also retained to mediate internal and external disputes.

Notably, Stephen is the former general counsel of Advocate Medical Group, S.C., which at the time was a multispecialty medical group of 270 physicians practicing in the suburbs of Chicago.

Moderator:

Emelie Ilarde, MD, is the President at Lawn Medical Center and Board Certified in Family Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and she completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois/Advocate Christ Medical Center. Furthermore, Dr. Ilarde serves on Advocate Physician Partners’ Credentialing and Peer Review Committee and is a member of the Performance Improvement Committee at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Additionally, she is a member of the Physician Leadership Institute, serves as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the Chair of the Illinois State Medical Society’s Women in Medicine Committee.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff. All others must pay $150 to attend. To pay, please email hpresearch@isms.org for instructions.

Accreditation:

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.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

May 25Cannabis in Illinois: A Public Health Update Two Years into Legalization
Noon-1 p.m.
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Over two years ago, the state of Illinois legalized recreational marijuana purchase and use for adults. This was approximately 2 years after the state had instituted a medical cannabis program, where patients with qualifying conditions, including minors, could purchase certain amounts of cannabis. The creation of a medical cannabis program, followed by legalization of purchase and use of recreational marijuana was met with a fair degree of skepticism in the medical community; there were many physicians who outright opposed both medical cannabis and recreational marijuana; many who were comfortable with medical cannabis but opposed to outright legalization; and many who were accepting of all that has transpired so far.

Now that medical cannabis has been legal for 4+ years, and recreational marijuana has been available for sale and use for 2+ years, the medical community does not have a comprehensive understanding of the impact of these laws on public health. Doctors have expressed a desire to better understand the overall impact of these changes and want to see data on, for example, car crashes as a result of cannabis use; increased ER visits related to cannabis use; increased diagnoses of psychoses and other mental health issues; and, any overdose data. Physicians want to hear how our state Department of Public Health is reacting to the changing landscape and the myriad problems that have arisen due to legalization. Physicians also want to know more about our state's Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, which allows doctors to authorize expedited patient access to medical cannabis in lieu of writing a prescription for a Schedule II opioid.

A lack of overall understanding of the prevalence of marijuana - both medical and recreational - in our communities and in our state may prevent physicians from discussing marijuana with their patients, and may directly impact the care or medical advice given to patients in clinical settings.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize the public health perspective in Illinois as a result of marijuana legalization;
  2. Provide an update on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Program following recreational marijuana legalization; and
  3. Identify the Opioid Alternative Program launched by the IL Department of Public Health in January 2019.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff. All others must pay $150 to attend. To pay, please email hpresearch@isms.org for instructions.

Accreditation:

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.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

June 7Physician Burnout: Key Drivers and Strategies for Creating Systemic Well-Being
Noon-1 p.m.
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Burnout is a universal dilemma that is seen in healthcare professionals, particularly physicians, and is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a feeling of low personal accomplishment. Levels of burnout among physicians, residents and other healthcare team members have been continuing to rise throughout the pandemic.

Gain insights from the emerging data to understand the impact on the medical profession, the key strategies to reset our practices and the importance of individual self-care. Learn how to build a support system to prevent, recognize, and address burnout and create a strong footing of wellness.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the systemic drivers of burnout and their impact on the profession-physicians, residents and other healthcare team members.
  2. Identify evidence-based strategies that improve culture, practice efficiency and personal resiliency.
  3. Deploy a tactic or strategy aimed at addressing or enhancing physician well-being.

About the presenter

Nancy Nankivil is the American Medical Association's Director of Practice Transformation. Nankivil received her Bachelor of Science in Education, Community Health and Safety from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Throughout her career she has represented various healthcare stakeholders committed to driving change and strategic innovation, including roles with state government, managed care and insurance, employer purchasing groups, as well as health system and physician-led consortiums. Her work with the American Medical Association is focused on improving professional well-being of physicians and the healthcare workforce through sustained change in system level drivers. Nankivil and her team work with several hundred healthcare systems across the nation in measuring burnout and implementing meaningful interventions. With her expertise, she has been invited to speak at a national level on Professional Wellbeing, System Redesign, Quality Improvement and Physician Burnout.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff. All others must pay $150 to attend. To pay, please email hpresearch@isms.org for instructions.

Accreditation:

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.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

July 27Getting to Equity: Dismantling Racism in Medicine, from Unconscious Bias to Institutional Policy
Noon-1 p.m.
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Join us for a webinar that will explore the root causes of health inequities, with particular attention to contemporary manifestations of racism in medicine. Dr. Emily Cleveland Manchanda will introduce foundational topics in health equity, including race as a social construct, unconscious (implicit) bias, microaggressions, privilege and institutional racism. We will conclude by considering strategies for addressing bias and advancing equity within our spheres of influence.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between addressing individual health needs and structural drivers of health
  2. Define key health equity terms, including race, racism, privilege, implicit (unconscious) bias, white supremacy and institutional racism
  3. Identify opportunities to advance equity and address racism in medical education/academic medical institutions

About the Presenter:

Emily Cleveland Manchanda, MD, MPH is the Director for Social Justice Education and Implementation within the Center for Health Equity at the American Medical Association (AMA). She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, the Associate Program Director for the Boston Medical Center Physician Executive Fellowship in Health Equity, and works clinically as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center. At the AMA, Dr. Cleveland Manchanda leads and oversees the AMA Center for Health Equity’s education portfolio. Her work focuses on coordinating effective action across sectors to promote social justice and equity in health, pushing health systems to address social and structural drivers of health, and creating a pipeline of leaders equipped to effectively advance justice in healthcare for patients, families, staff, communities and populations. Her research, educational and advocacy work primarily focus on mitigating the effects of racism and other forms of discrimination in medical education and clinical care.

After graduating from Yale with a degree in Art History and French as a Division I All-American in women’s rowing, Dr. Cleveland Manchanda spent two years working in the public health sector in Liberia with the Clinton Foundation before attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and subsequently completed her residency training at the Harvard-Affiliated (MGH-BWH) Emergency Medicine Residency, where she served as a chief resident. She joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 2020, and the AMA in 2021. Dr. Cleveland Manchanda and her husband Gaurav met while working in Liberia, and now live in the Boston area with their three delightfully strong-willed children.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff. All others must pay $150 to attend. To pay, please email hpresearch@isms.org for instructions.

Accreditation:

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.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

August 25Identifying and Overcoming Implicit Bias to Improve Patient Safety, Outcomes and Equity
Noon-1 p.m.
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Although “bias” is readily admitted by most individuals, the identification of “implicit” bias, as opposed to explicit bias, has been popularized in the last 15 years. In this session, Dr. Winston Wong will acknowledge the colloquial perception of bias, but will then introduce the concept of implicit bias as developed by researchers at Harvard University. Dr. Wong’s presentation will include an overview of implicit bias and a discussion of scenarios where clinical encounters are subject to its impact, along with the visual and linguistic components of implicit bias. Dr. Wong will use vivid examples of how implicit bias may surface in clinical settings, including common miscues and miscalculations. The potential harm and suboptimal care that results from implicit bias will also be described. Finally, Dr. Wong will conclude with potential modalities to mitigate the adverse impact of implicit bias in clinical encounters. In all circumstances, a sense of humility and deference is key to building trust and facilitating more gratifying and optimal patient interactions.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the formation, function and role of implicit bias in human interactions
  • Identify the difference between explicit and implicit bias
  • Summarize the research and tests developed to validate implicit bias
  • Identify how implicit bias functions in both routine personal interactions and clinical encounters
  • Describe potential implicit bias in visual and linguistic (audio) encounters
  • Recognize hypothetical instances when implicit bias leads to suboptimal and damaging encounters
  • Identify strategies to employ to mitigate the negative impact of implicit bias

About the presenter

Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP, is a Scholar in Residence at the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at the Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA. A fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, Dr. Wong’s professional career has encompassed leadership roles at community health centers, federal service and most recently at Kaiser Permanente, where he served as Medical Director for Community Benefit for over 17 years. His commitment to addressing health equity is anchored by his experience as a bilingual primary care community health center physician for the Asian immigrant community in Oakland Chinatown, which led him to leadership roles in the United States Public Health Service, where he served as HRSA’s chief Clinical Officer for a region that spanned the Pacific and western United States. At Kaiser Permanente, he was responsible for its national philanthropic strategies to support clinical and population management initiatives with the safety net, and for its quality initiatives to address disparities within its 12 million membership.

In 2016 he was appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health, and in 2019 was appointed chair. At the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, he chairs the Roundtable on Health Equity, and has served on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice. As a leader in philanthropy, he has active board roles at the California Endowment and Grantmakers in Health. He also previously served as Board Chair for the School Based Health Alliance and is the current acting CEO and Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians. His work in developing programs and policies to address health equity has been recognized by awards from the California Primary Care Association, Latino Health Access, the Minority Health Foundation, Asian Health Services, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. In addition to his 2020 Scholar in Residence appointment at UCLA, Dr. Wong received a Doctor or Humane Letters from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and SEMPIC policyholders, ISMS members, and their employed staff.

Accreditation:

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.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.


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