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SGIM19 Plenary Speakers Announced

 , April 04, 2019

Plenary Speakers Announced: Society of General Internal Medicine’ s Annual Meeting
“Courage to Lead: Equity, Engagement and Advocacy in Turbulent Times”

The Society of General Internal Medicine will be hosting its 2019 Annual Meeting May 8-11, 2019 in Washington, DC. The 2019 SGIM Annual Meeting will encompass the breadth and depth of General Internal Medicine, including health services research, medical education, advocacy, and exemplary clinical care. Health equity, patient engagement, and advocacy for general medicine are becoming increasingly important in the current healthcare and political landscape as we continue to aim to improve health outcomes for all. Engaging patients and communities and supporting policies that improve access to care and social determinants of health are keystones in achieving equitable health outcomes. This meeting will be an opportunity for the GIM community to discuss how we can advance health equity throughout all aspects of our shared work, whether in the hospital, the clinic, the classroom, or the laboratory.

SGIM’s presenters are doctors and other health care professionals responsible for teaching general internal medicine to the next generation of physicians. Most combine teaching with taking care of patients in clinical practices and/or research about medical treatment. For more information on SGIM or for a schedule of the events, please visit

Thursday Plenary Speakers:

Presidential Address
Advancing Health Equity in Turbulent Times
(Session B: May 9, 2019 - 8:15-10:15AM)

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc - 2018–2019 SGIM President: Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Department of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine; Director, Center for Health Equity Research; Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars National Leadership Institute; Associate Director for Engagement Programs, TraCS Institute

Listen to Dr. Corbie-Smith’s cutting-edge TED-style plenary presentation and learn how to move medicine ahead for underserved populations. She’ll share research developed and conducted across systems to address the health needs of vulnerable populations with the goal of eliminating health disparities.

Card G. Streed, Jr., MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Hear Dr. Streed’s lightening talk “Sustaining A Note” and in a powerful few minutes, you’ll discover new opportunities of care for transgender, non-conforming and other sexual minorities Dr. Streed has realized in addition to helping to achieve transgender health insurance coverage.

Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH (Rosebud Sioux/Standing Rock Sioux) Director, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians
In a fast-paced lightening talk, Dr. Roubideaux will illuminate a wealth of knowledge about native American and Alaska Native healthcare and why focusing on the diversity of individuals and communities has proven to help people live healthier lives.

The Friday Plenary Session:
2019 Malcolm L. Peterson Honor Lecture
“Tools to Inspire Anti-Racism in Action”
(Session H: May 10, 2019 - 8:15-10:15AM)

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD Past President of the American Public Health Association (2015-2016); Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine
Grasp the structural causes of race-associated differences in health outcomes: Dr. Jones delivers portraits filled with allegories on racism, shedding light on topics many Americans find difficult to understand or discuss as she catalyzes this national conversation on racism to mobilize against it and toward equal health for all.

Saturday Plenary Session
(Session O: May 11, 2019, 8:00-10:00AM)

Sonia Y. Angell, MD, Deputy Commissioner at the New York City, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Learn about Dr. Jones’ work involving approaches that emphasize the integration of traditional public health and clinical care systems, focusing on primary care information technologies and clinical quality improvements, to reduce individual and systemic barriers to equitable population health.

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