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On Nov. 17, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) faculty member, Dr. Vicki Sapp, and 23 GCSOM students traveled to Drexel University’s College of Medicine to attend the 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference.

On Nov. 17, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) faculty member, Dr. Vicki Sapp, and 23 GCSOM students traveled to Drexel University’s College of Medicine to attend the 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference.

Since 2015, medical students from Pennsylvania and New Jersey have collaborated to host the conference, whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for people in healthcare or related fields to examine the ways that racism affects the health of marginalized people and to develop strategies to oppose it.

It is the second year GCSOM has participated and the first year that a GCSOM faculty member presented and a GCSOM student, Ashanti Littlejohn, was appointed to the Inter School Planning Committee.

Loren Robinson, MD, deputy secretary for health promotion and disease prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, delivered the keynote address, “Racism as a Social Determinant of Health.” Vicki T. Sapp, PhD, GCSOM’s director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion, presented a break-out session entitled, “Understanding and Interrupting Microaggressions in Medical School Education.” Other speakers included Dorothy Roberts, JD, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and law who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH, assistant research professor, epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

Geisinger Commonwealth co-sponsored the conference together with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

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Racism in Medicine Conference 2018
Dr. Vicki Sapp and 23 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) traveled to Drexel University’s College of Medicine to attend the 2018 Racism in Medicine Conference. Gathered at the conference are: In front, Dr. Vicki T. Sapp. Center, behind Dr. Sapp, are from left Kaiya Flemons, Anna Yao, Lael Ngangmeni, Humera Mohammad and Caitlin Tillson. Second row, from left are Samantha Baah, Precious Achikeh, Jasmine Richards, Ashanti Littlejohn, Vanessa Nansamba, Oluwaseyi Ogundana, Jessica Majekodunmi, Alexandria Goff, Achiaa Banahene, Nikiba Richards and Talia Pettway . In rear: Terrence Habiyaremye, David McPherson and Alfred Hamilton III.
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