Augustus A White III is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. White has achieved many memorable firsts throughout his life, including being the first African-American to graduate from Stanford University School of Medicine and the first African-American orthopedic resident at Yale Medical Center. Dr. White served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He also earned his Ph.D. in research on biomechanics of the spine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Last year, Dr. White received the Tipton award for orthopedic leadership for his contributions to the profession and continued advocacy for minority students in education at Yale and Harvard, as well as his alma mater, Brown University. His support includes acting as a Master for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, one of the five academic societies at Harvard Medical School.
As part of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s lecture series, entitled The Complete Physician: Educating Tomorrow’s Caregivers, the school will be hosting Dr. Augustus White III, who will present a lecture based on his book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care. Dr. White is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Medical Education Theater at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University, North campus. A book signing by Dr. White will follow in the library.
The School of Medicine, in a culture of community, scholarship and innovation, is dedicated to inspiring diverse and promising students to lead and transform medicine for the betterment of humanity. The school’s values, which guide and shape the development and culture of the school, are: Community, Diversity, Scholarship, Professionalism, Innovation, Patient Centered, Learning, Reflection, Humanism and Vision. The School of Medicine hosts this public and free lecture series in order to build support and understanding of our vision of a new kind of medical education, create a collaborative culture between Hofstra University's scholars and North Shore-LIJ Health System's medical professionals, educate the community and our colleagues at educational, health and scientific institutions about our mission and values, and engage in active discussions about our core values. This lecture highlights the value of diversity and is entitled Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care.
Dr. White has served as a mentor to Harvard medical students as a former master of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, an organization committed to the promotion and support of the academic and professional development of Harvard’s medical students. In addition to his mentoring work, White dedicates much of his life to diversity-related issues. He is a founding member and founding president of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, a multicultural organization dedicated to advancing excellent musculoskeletal care for all patients, with particular attention to underserved groups. White also served as the inaugural chairman of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Diversity Committee. After being the first African-American to graduate from Stanford University School of Medicine and the first African-American orthopedic resident at Yale Medical Center, White served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star Medal. He later earned his Ph.D. in research on biomechanics of the spine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.This event is free and open to the public and registration is preferred. http://cmetracker.net/NSLIJCME/Login?FormName=RegLoginLive&eventid=50197
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