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Transforming Medical Education, Policy and Practice to Achieve Health Equity (15MN03)


Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, June 6, 2014
8:00 am - 4:45 pm



Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Medical Science Building
185 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ

Parking will be available on campus. You will receive additional information in your confirmation letter.


Sponsored by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, The Hispanic Center of Excellence and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.


There are numerous studies documenting the importance of cultural competence in addressing health disparities. Given the globalization of the United States, it is imperative that we develop a health care workforce that is capable of addressing the unique health care needs of all populations in order to ensure health equity.

The overall objective of this conference is to disseminate best practices in medical education by presenting strategies for how institutions can leverage resources which would have the greatest impact on shaping a compassionate health care approach for all people. These strategies will not only impact medical education, policy and practice locally and regionally, but also nationally, by breaking out of institutional silos, and fostering interprofessional collaboration to meet the health care needs of our diverse population.

To view the full conference agenda, click here (pdf format.)


This activity is intended for individuals involved in health care education, policy and practice including clinicians, educators, fellows, residents and students.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss best practices in medical education in order to achieve health equity.
  • Recognize the impact of medical education on health equity.
  • Examine how policy influences the delivery of health care to vulnerable populations.
  • Develop a cross-cultural approach in medical education that promotes health equity.



Maria Soto-Greene, MD, FACP
Vice Dean and Professor of Medicine
Director, The Hispanic Center of Excellence
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Torian Easterling, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical, School, Newark, NJ

Robert Like, MD, MS
Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Ana Natale-Pereira, MD, MPH
Division Director, General Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Ana E. Nuñez, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Women's Health Education Program
Director, National Center of Excellence of Women’s Health
Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Dominga Padilla, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Edward Poliandro, PhD
Associate Director, Diversity in Medicine Program
Culture and Health Work Group
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC

Judith Sabino, MPH
Diversity/Cultural Awareness Liaison
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA

John-Paul Sanchez, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Nilda Soto, MS, ED
Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity Enhancement
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/ investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to check in at the registration desk, attend the program and complete an online evaluation at the conclusion of the program. A letter certifying your attendance and credit verification will be emailed to you upon completion of the online evaluation survey.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, continuing education credit, and course material.

Registration can only be accepted through June 3, 2014 via our secure online website. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa credit cards. American Express is not accepted. Pre-registration is recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on June 3, 2014 or earlier if seating capacity is reached. On-site registration will be accommodated on a space available basis


For additional program information, questions, or concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Judith Jules at 973-972-3297 or by email at judith.jules@rutgers.edu.

Registration: Contact CCOE at 973-972-4267 or ccoe@ca.rutgers.edu


In an effort to provide the most complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides will be made available online to registered attendees. In addition, internet access will be available during the day of the activity - we encourage attendees to bring a laptop or tablet. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.

A full refund, less a $20 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received up to the date of the program. Refunds cannot be given for “no shows” or cancellations received once the program has started.

Click here to go to the registration portal. Click "Log in" and enter your user name (email address) and password. Select "Current Schedule" on the top menu, and select “cancel registration.”

Rutgers reserves the right to modify the program contents, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the conference, or any part of the conference, is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.


Program Brochure (.pdf format)

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