Lecture 4: Difficult Conversations of Racism and Social Inequities in Child Psychiatry Training

Health disparities and injustices experienced by black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities have been amplified in the wake of the current pandemic, leading to increased discussion within residency programs around the themes of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. This panel discussion focuses on creating safe spaces in which to discuss and address the challenges with trainees. It also highlights experiences of the trainees of color. Furthermore, this includes an exploration of changes that are being considered across different programs, particularly with regard to workforce development, ways training programs can provide effective services to vulnerable communities, as well as the steps that are being taken to address issues of systemic bias, social inequities, implicit bias, microaggressions, and antiracism in a training program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn about the experiences of trainees of minority background.

  2. Participants will identify the issues of structural racism and microagression in training.

  3. Participants will discuss ways in which the training programs can address inequities, microaggression, and systemic racism.


Adrienne Adams, MD, MS
Child & Adolescent Fellowship Training Director at Rush University Medical Center

Brigitte Bailey, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Amanda J. Calhoun, MD
Psychiatry Resident, Yale Child Study Center

Piper N. Carroll, MD
Psychiatry Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Brian Kurtz, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Russell Ledet, PhD
Medical Student, Tulane University

Myo Thwin Myint, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director at Tulane University

Mitch Otu, MD
Chief Fellow for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University

Neha Sharma, DO
Program Director at Tufts Medical Center

Dorothy Stubbe, MD
Program Director at Yale Child Study Center

Nicole White, MD
Chief Fellow for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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