Leadership & Management

Lessons From the First American Pandemic: Racism

This Event Took Place and Was Recorded On:
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 

💻 Zoom Virtual Event

Coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement have brought forward the need for a major look at health equity. It is important to develop a shared understanding of inequities in North American society to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Decades of research in racial health disparities have remained unaddressed and have shown little progress.  

As we move vocabulary, and this lecture attempts to do so, we also seek to provide key examples of the magnitude and variety of ways racism has impacted the health of Black Americans. The initiatives and interventions used to correct for centuries of discrimination can also be replicated for other marginalized populations and countries.


At the end of viewing this recorded virtual event, participants will be able to:


Dr. Joshua Ellis is the current medical education fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency where he is also expected to complete his master’s in public health at Harvard University.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and was the recipient of the Gold Stethoscope educator of the year award and the Gold Humanism award.  He was also awarded 40 under 40 Leaders in Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum in 2020.  His interests are in health equity and the advancement of diversity in medical education.

Dr. Anne Wong is Professor and Associate Chair of Education in the McMaster Department of Anesthesia and Director of the FHS Academic Leadership Program. She is a member of the  McMaster EDI Advisory Committee and co-chair of  the Training and Professional Development working group. Her academic interests include culture in medical education, global health education, faculty development, and gender and leadership.

Dr. Clare Wallner (@ClareWallner) is assistant professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is a member of the McMaster EDI Advisory Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Training and Professional Development working group.  Her academic interests include equity and inclusion in medical education and patient care.