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The Underrepresented in Medicine Journey to Academic Medicine Podcast

Hosted by Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP and Omari A. Hodge, MD, FAAFP.

In this podcast, we address the real and perceived barriers faced by historically Underrepresented in Medicine residents and students when considering a career in academic family medicine. Our hosts and guests will provide practical tips and personal advice on topics like leadership, scholarly activity, CVs, mentorship, and more.

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Recent Episodes


Episode Show Notes

Episode 1: Our Journeys to Academic Medicine

Episode 2: An Inclusive Environment within Academics with Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD

Episode 3: Building Your Academic Portfolio and CV with Renee Crichlow, MD 

Episode 4: Your Leadership Voice Is Important with Jeannette E. South-Paul, MD

Episode 5: Scholarly Questions Make Us Better Doctors with John Delzell, MD, MSPH

Episode 6: Counteracting the Minority Tax for URM Faculty

Episode 7: Demystifying Graduate Medical Education with Riba Kelsey, MD, FAAFP

Episode 8: Caring for Underserved Communities with Harry Strothers III, MD, MMM

Episode 9: The Power of Effective Feedback in Medical Education

Episode 10: Navigating STFM Resources for Academic Medicine with Emily Walters

Episode 11: Understanding the ACGME’s Role in Graduate Medical Education

Episode 12: Elevate Your Poster Presentations with Louise Jones, PhD, MEd

Episode 13: How Family Medicine Can Address Implicit Bias and Microaggressions with Danielle Jones, PhD, MPH, and Ashley Bentley, MBA, CAE

Episode 14: Shaping Family Medicine through Scholarly Writing with José Rodriguez, MD

Episode 15: Create Engaging Didactic Sessions with Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Episode 16: Serve Your Community Through Family Medicine Advocacy with Jehni S. Robinson, MD, FAAFP

Episode 17: Know Your Worth During Contract Negotiations with Kendall Campbell, MD

Episode 18: Be Prepared to Step Into Leadership Opportunities with Tricia Elliott, MD, FAAFP

Episode 19: Cultivating Health Literacy Skills in Academic Medicine with Benjamin Franklin Simmons III, MD

Episode 20: Creating an Effective Medical Curriculum with Alice Fornari, EdD, RD

Episode 21: The Goals of STFM’s URM Initiative with Judy Washington, MD, FAAFP and Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Episode 22: The Power of Mentorship with Byron Jasper, MD, MPH

Episode 23: Finding a Path to Academic Family Medicine with Maili Velez-Dalla Tor, MD, FAAFP

Episode 24: Finding a Career Pathway in Academic Medicine - Live Q&A with Residents

STFM URM Initiative

The STFM Underrepresented in Medicine Initiative

STFM Antiracism & Health Equity Resources

This podcast is developed by the URM Pipeline Workgroup as part of the STFM URM Initiative with funding by the ABFM Foundation. 

URM JAM Show Hosts

Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA

Northwell Health

Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, is the inaugural chair of family medicine at Northwell Health and professor and chair of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She is dual board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and holds a masters degree in public health policy and management as well as one in business administration. Dr. Iroku-Malize is involved in diverse programs including, but not limited to, global & planetary health, clinical informatics, women’s & children’s health, special needs populations, cultural competency, advocacy and leadership. She has worked for over the past three decades on clinical, research and academic initiatives to enhance health and equity for both providers and patients across various communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Omari Hodge, MD, FAAFP

Northeast Georgia Hospital System, FMR

Dr. Hodge earned his medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his Family Medicine residency at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina. As a primary care physician, Dr. Hodge has worked in a variety of roles, from urgent care to campus medicine and most recently graduate medical education. Currently he serves as Associate Program Director to the numerous medical students and family medicine residents who rotate through the clinic and hospital at Northeast Georgia Hospital System, Gainesville campus. Dr. Hodge serves on the board of trustees at Christian Medical & Dental Associations and is a local editor for GEMS through FPIN. He and his wife Kiera participate in both local and global medical aid relief trips. His current endeavors are in Clarkston, GA (aka the most diverse square mile in America) and Addis Abba Ethiopia. The Hodges have four children and reside in Braselton, Georgia.  

Questions? Comments?

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