Q&A: Ladies in Medication Summit returns in individual to deal with inequities, empower attendees

August 15, 2022

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Healio Interview

Jain is chair and founding father of the Ladies in Medication Summit, president of the nonprofit Ladies in Medication, and the host of Healio’s Oncology Overdrive podcast.

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For the primary time in 3 years, the Ladies in Medication Summit can be going down in individual, from Sept. 16 to 17, in Chicago.

The two-day summit affords training, toolkits, skill-building, networking and different alternatives to amplify ladies in medication and work towards gender fairness in well being care. Greater than 400 well being care professionals are anticipated to attend.

Shikha Jain, MD, FACP

Healio spoke with Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, chair and founding father of the Ladies in Medication Summit, president of the nonprofit Ladies in Medication, and the host of Healio’s Oncology Overdrive podcast, about her targets for this yr’s summit and all it has to supply.

Healio: What are your most vital aspirations for this yr’s Ladies in Medication Summit?

Jain: We’re extremely excited to be again in individual this yr for the primary time since 2019, and actually simply comfortable that we’re going to have the ability to see one another. I’m actually trying ahead to assembly many wonderful individuals who I’ve been speaking with and collaborating and fascinating with on social media for the final 4 years, lots of whom I’ve by no means truly met in actual life. It seems like a reunion of outdated and new associates and individuals who I really feel like I do know very well regardless that we’ve by no means met in individual. We’re doing every thing doable to guarantee that it’s as secure as doable with the continued pandemic. We’re requiring individuals to be absolutely vaccinated, to have a detrimental check and to put on masks throughout the convention. So, we’re doing every thing we will to verify it’s a secure gathering of wonderful people from across the nation.

Healio: How has the summit advanced over time?

Jain: The primary yr that we did this, it actually was created as a result of we simply thought that there wasn’t sufficient of any such programming, training and empowerment for ladies in medication and allies. We’ve got now advanced into what virtually seems like a motion the place we’re incorporating allyship and toolkits and ability constructing. It has actually advanced into not solely a convention but in addition a approach to construct communities nationally and internationally of ladies and men and nonbinary people — actually anyone who feels that there are inequities in our well being care programs. I’ve discovered over time that the ripple impact and affect of this summit is seen and felt in a a lot grander scale than I believe any of us realized. By chatting with former attendees after which chatting with people who’ve partaken in our longitudinal management programming and our different programming, we’ve discovered that we’ve been capable of affect not solely people but in addition programs throughout the nation. Our purpose is to empower people to work in the direction of altering well being care programs, with the long-term purpose of getting a optimistic affect on our well being care infrastructure nationally.

Healio: Baby care can be out there for summit attendees. Are you able to talk about the significance of offering this? Do you suppose youngster care might — and may — be made out there at different medical conferences?

Jain: Oftentimes individuals can’t make it to a convention as a result of they will’t discover youngster care or they wish to come to a convention however they don’t know what they’ll do with their children throughout the convention. I believe it’s actually vital to offer youngster care at some of these occasions to be able to permit individuals with these kinds of boundaries to attend. We revealed a paper a couple of years in the past that confirmed that was one of many boundaries to many moms, particularly, from attending some of these conferences. We are also going to have a lactation room out there for anyone who’s pumping or nursing. We finish the convention on Saturday late afternoon/early night particularly in order that if individuals do include their households, you possibly can flip it right into a household weekend, and also you’ll have Saturday night and Sunday to have household time if that’s what you’d love to do.

I believe youngster care is one thing that needs to be out there in any respect conferences, whether or not it’s predominately males or ladies attending. As a child, my dad’s medical conferences have been among the most enjoyable holidays that I had. I liked going to these conferences. That’s one of many methods wherein I discovered the best way to love medication as a result of I discovered all these items as a younger youngster. I believe that offering youngster care is essential to permit mother and father to attend, and I believe it’s additionally an vital approach to garner pleasure within the subsequent era of potential physicians.

Healio: What are you trying ahead to most at this yr’s summit?

Jain: Our audio system this yr are implausible. Our keynote audio system — I simply can’t even let you know how excited I’m for them — embody Kimberly D. Manning, MD, who’s a pricey pal even though we by no means met in individual, and she or he all the time offers an exceptional speak; Kavita Patel, MD, MS, who labored with the Obama administration as the previous director of coverage for the White Home and has actually fascinating insights on advocacy and dealing in an area that I believe many ladies are enthusiastic about getting extra concerned in — the advocacy house and authorities; and Rebekah Gee, MD, a really well-respected OB/GYN. And I can not consider we’re lucky sufficient to have Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, the senior vp and chief well being fairness officer of the AMA, and Cindy Duke, MD, PhD, FACOG, America’s solely twin fertility knowledgeable and virologist.

With what’s taking place with reproductive well being in our nation, I believe having Drs. Gee and Duke communicate to all of us about this essential time in our historical past goes to be very highly effective. Drs. Gee and Patel can be talking on the subject of majority guidelines and the truth that ladies are the bulk, so actually, we needs to be making the foundations.

I’m additionally tremendous excited this yr as a result of for the primary time, we’re doing a joint occasion on Friday night time with a story storytelling night with The Nocturnists, which I believe is simply going to be phenomenal. Their occasions are all the time wonderful. We’re additionally partnering with Intelligentsia Espresso this yr, and we’re going to have a “med-grind” occasion at our cocktail hour on Friday night, the place individuals can deliver luggage of espresso to alternate, as a result of loads of physicians and well being care staff stay on espresso! Saturday, after the convention ends, we may have a sign-up the place the primary 30 individuals who register can even get a tour of the Intelligentsia Espresso brewing and roasting manufacturing unit. I’ve gone, and it’s very cool. We’re additionally going to have a chance for attendees to satisfy some doctor authors, resembling Shirlene Obuobi, MD, for a guide signing. She was just lately interviewed on Good Morning America after her debut guide On Rotation has taken the nation by storm! So, we’ve some actually distinctive features of this yr’s summit. Actually, on the finish of the day, we’re simply going to have loads of enjoyable assembly up with individuals who we haven’t seen in a very long time.

Healio: Anything so as to add?

Jain: I wish to emphasize that this convention isn’t just for ladies. We do have allyship programming, and we’ve a complete longitudinal management program; this yr’s cohort is launching on the summit. So, for those who’re a male chief, be a part of us on the summit this yr, and if you wish to do extra intensive management coaching, contemplate registering for the inclusive management lab as nicely. On the finish of the day, our well being care programs is not going to change except everyone seems to be working in the direction of the identical targets, and we also needs to try to work in the direction of attaining these world modifications and disrupting our programs for the higher. I might strongly encourage — no matter your gender — that you simply contemplate attending this yr’s Ladies in Medication Summit as a result of, these issues don’t simply affect the ladies, they affect everybody.

For extra details about the summit or to register, go to www.womeninmedicinesummit.org.


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