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Emory Surgery hosts 2nd Rogsbert Phillips-Reed DEI Lectureship

Emory University's Department of Surgery hosted their second annual Rogsbert Phillips-Reed DEI Lectureship on Thursday, February 1, 2024. The featured speaker for the event was Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason, who serves in the American College of Surgeons as as its first Medical Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Simpson Mason's presentation was titled "Inclusive Evidence: ACS Raises the Bar."

The Rogsbert Phillips-Reed DEI Lectureship was established by Emory University’s School of Medicine Surgery Department on February 2, 2023, the first Department of Surgery Grand Rounds lecture named after an African American. Dr. Phillips-Reed graduated from Columbia University’s School of Physicians and Surgeons in 1977 before becoming the second woman and first African-American woman to successfully complete Emory University’s Surgical program in 1982.

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Emory Team attends 2023 Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative

On November 2-3, 2023, several Department of Surgery faculty and trainees attended the Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Heather Faulkner spearheaded this effort but unfortunately could not attend.  Four faculty including Drs. Randi Smith, Terrah Paul Olson, Olamide Alibi and Allison Linden and one resident, Dr. Elissa Falconer, attended.  Drs. Linden and Falconer were recipients of a new DOS DEI scholarship (Rise and Thrive) that supported their attendance.

"The Symposium was a two-day jam-packed event of a variety of topics that pertained to embracing risk by taking chances and embracing your career identify," said Dr. Falconer. "Different speakers from across the nation spoke about disrupting the status quo, finding success off the beaten path, embracing identify, defining success and your ideal career, career transitions, and fostering a supportive environment. The opportunity to connect with new colleagues, learn from them and build new connections was fulfilling, leaving me feeling recharged about my trajectory in surgical career."

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Grady Surgery Faculty take part in Anti-Racism Retreat

Emory DOS members of the Grady Surgery Faculty took part in a two-day retreat on October 3 & 4, 2023 in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine. The seminar included a team-building experience for the Grady, Emory, and Morehouse team to tackle important DEI issues that are integral to delivering great education, patient care, and research

The seminar was led by Al Vivian, of BASIC Diversity, Inc. and faculty members participated in ground-breaking exercises that provided useful tools to better communicate with patients and colleagues.

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Past DEI News

Randi Smith receives Emory SOM Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

Randi Smith, MD, Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Surgery, has been chosen to receive the Emory School of Medicine Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2022. This honor is bestowed upon a faculty member who has made significant achievements in ensuring that the climate of the SOM is characterized by inclusivity and organizational equity through leveraging of the varied attributes of diversity in our community. 

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