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Humanism in Medicine Conference 2020

The 3rd Annual Humanism in Medicine Conference was hosted by medical students in the College of Human Medicine on February 15, 2020. 

"We host the Humanism in Medicine conference in order to bring people together as a community; to find their true selves in the practice of medicine; to re‐engage and reconnect with their roots; to find their unique passions; and to remember what it means to be a healer."

This year's focus was resilience.

2020 SPEAKER SESSIONS

WELCOME ADDRESS 
Ajay Khilanani, MD
Medical Director, HDVCH Digital Health
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Ajay Khilanani, MD, is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He serves as Medical Director for Digital Health at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and as a pediatric intensivist.

Dr. Khilanani has a long‐term interest in humanism in medicine and has served as Course Director for Pediatric Bedside Medicine at MSU College of Human Medicine. He has also worked with TedMed as a Frontline Scholar and Research Scholar.

Dr. Khilanani’s active global health projects and partnerships in India, Nepal, and Myanmar are centered on clinical care, physician education, and development of long‐ term and self‐sustaining projects. He has been exposed to eastern spirituality since childhood, and continues to practice meditation on a regular basis.

OPENING REMARKS
Aron Sousa, MD, FACP
Interim Dean, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Aron Sousa, MD, FACP, is the Interim Dean of the College of Human Medicine (CHM). He previously served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In that role, he was responsible for the educational programs across seven community campuses throughout the state. During his tenure, the College’s class size doubled and converted its two‐year, 60 student Grand Rapids campus into a four‐year, 350 student campus; and expanded into three new communities in Michigan.

He led the design of the CHM’s highly successful Shared Discovery Curriculum. He has also led the College’s accreditation activity and regularly serves as a site team member for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Dr. Sousa was also the leader of the College’s $30 million expansion in Flint, which led to the creation of the College’s Division of Public Health. Dr. Sousa is also a practicing general internist. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He has served as both a resident and chief resident in internal medicine and completed a primary care fellowship at Michigan State University.

RESILIENCE AND VITALITY THROUGH NARRATIVE MEDICINE
Hedy Wald, PhD
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Faculty, Harvard Medical School Global Pediatrics Leadership Program

Hedy Wald, PhD is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Faculty at Harvard Medical School Global Pediatrics Leadership Program.

She is a Gold Humanism Foundation Harvard Macy Scholar, was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in medical education for Ben Gurion University of Health Sciences, Israel, and has been a Visiting

Professor at over 70 healthcare professions schools and healthcare organizations world‐wide, presenting lectures and workshops on using guided reflective writing to enhance reflective practice and support professional identity formation, promoting resilience and wellbeing.

Dr. Wald publishes and presents on family cancer caregiver survivorship, including for the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academies of Medicine in Washington, DC. Her creative writing, reviews, and poetry have appeared in literary and medical journals and her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Medical Independent (Ireland), and Jerusalem Post.

FACING MICROAGGRESSIONS IN HEALTH CARE
Robert Montenegro, MD, PhD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington Medicine
Director of Mental Health Services, Echo Glen Children's Center

Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington Medicine, the Director of Mental Health Services at Echo

Glen Children's Center, and the Associate Director for the University of Washington’s Bias Reduction in Curricular Content (BRICC) center. He completed his M.D. at the University of Utah, his PhD at the University of California‐Los Angeles, his psychiatry residency at Yale University, and fellowships from the University of Utah and the University of Washington.

In patient care, Dr. Montenegro focuses on cross‐cultural psychiatry, mental health for the deaf and hard of hearing, and mental health for justice‐involved youth. His research focuses on neurocognitive bias reduction strategies related to medicine health outcomes as well as implementation science.

As an educator, Dr. Montenegro teaches medical learners at all levels about social justice, health disparities, and addressing microaggressions and discrimination in health care contexts.

JUSTICE AS MEDICINE
Marcus Marlow, MD
Founder of Foundation for Healthy Living

Marcus Marlow, MD, is a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Rush University and became a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in 2011. He also completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Marlow is a certified yoga/fitness instructor, certified in plant‐based nutrition, and a martial arts practitioner. He is an Academic Achievement Coach for students in the Flint community, serves as a student mentor, and teaches in other areas of the College of Human Medicine curriculum.

In his spare time, Dr. Marlow enjoys basketball and traveling. He is passionate about helping others achieve health and wellness. He is also an advocate for equity and social justice.

CLOSING REFLECTIONS 
Julie Phillips, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean of Student Career and Professional Development
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Sparrow‐MSU Family Medicine Residency Program and the Assistant Dean of Student Career and Professional Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her medical school, Master of Public Health, and residency education at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Phillips’ professional interests include medical student professional development, social mission‐driven medical education, medical humanities, and development of the primary care physician workforce. She serves on the editorial board of Family Medicine and as an Associate Editor for PRIMER.

Dr. Phillips loves mentoring and teaching medical students and residents, and is proud to be the faculty advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

WORKSHOPS

  • Interactive Reflective Writing for Resilience and Flourishing: Small Group Writing Exercise and Collaborative Reflection with Hedy Wald, MD
  • Yoga with AM Yoga
  • Guided Meditation with Terry McGovern and Ajay Khilanani
  • Painting with a Twist with Mirim Kim
  • Addressing Microaggressions, Racism, and Discrimination in Medical Institutions with Roberto Montenegro, MD, PhD and Daniel Cabrera, MD, and MSU faculty and staff
  • Food for Optimal Brain Health with Kristi Artz, MD, and Krista Gast
  • PhotoVoice: Images of Burnout and Resilience with Amy Odom, DO, and Amy Romain, LMSW, ACSW
  • Plant‐Based Meals Made Easy with Marcus Marlow, MD
  • Reflective Writing with Michigan State University Writing

SERVICE PROJECT

20 Liters

 850 filter cartridges were completed which means:

  • We helped 850 families (approx. 4,675 people)
  • The filters will provide roughly 93,500 liters of clean water every day, or 34,127,500 liters of clean water every year
  • Over their 10-year lifespan, that equates to 341 million liters of clean water.

SUPPORT

Thank you! This conference was possible with support from our sponsors.  

 

  • Helen Devos Childrens Hospital 
  • Spectrum Health 
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the departments of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology and the Office of Student Affairs and Services.

CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE

  • Clementina Asamoah, Events Director, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Michigan State University Chapter; 2020 MD Candidate, College of Human Medicine
  • Melissa Kacos, Administrative Assistant, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Jeri Kessenich, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship, Attending Hospitalist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Ajay Khilanani, MD, Medical Director, HDVCH Digital Health Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Jessica Montgomery, President, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Michigan State University Chapter; 2020 MD Candidate, College of Human Medicine
  • Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Student Career and Professional Development, College of Human Medicine
  • Amina Ramadan, Treasurer, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Michigan State University Chapter; 2020 MD Candidate, College of Human Medicine
  • Alberto Tamayo, Communications Director, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Michigan State University Chapter; 2020 MD Candidate, College of Human Medicine

FEATURED LINKS

For more information about the conference, contact Melissa Kacos