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Getting to Equity: Dismantling Racism in Medicine, from Unconscious Bias to Institutional Policy

About this event

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.

Who can attend

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

Learning objectives

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

  • Explain the difference between addressing individual health needs and structural drivers of health
  • Define key health equity terms, including race, racism, privilege, implicit (unconscious) bias, white supremacy and institutional racism
  • 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.


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 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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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