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Rebeca Ortiz Worthington graduated medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2017, where she is now a second year resident in internal medicine. Her research and clinical interests are in quality and safety, women’s health, and access to care for the medically underserved. Prior to medical school she worked in hospital strategy and operations consulting, as well as running a Phase 1 clinical trial for a novel local anesthetic. She graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a major in Human Biology.
Debra F. Weinstein, MD is Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at the Mass General Brigham (Partners) Health Care System, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weinstein was the DIO for Mass General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals for 14 years, after being the Internal Medicine Program Director at MGH. She is a prior board member of the ACGME, a past chair of AAMC’s Group on Resident Affairs, was an American Council on Education fellow, and has been honored with ACGME’s Courage to Lead and John C. Gienapp awards. Dr. Weinstein has studied and written about challenges and potential solutions related to parenting during residency/fellowship training.
Dr. Rialon is a board-certified pediatric surgeon at Texas Children's Hospital, and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Her interest in pediatric surgery began as a student at Harvard Medical School. She completed her general surgery training at Duke University Hospital, and then a pediatric surgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. During her residency, she was awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study pancreatic cancer. She also subsequently completed a research fellowship in Vascular Anomalies at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Rialon has a special interest in the management and treatment of children with vascular malformations and tumors. She has previously published on outcomes for children with solid tumors and inflammatory bowel disease. She is actively involved in issues regarding graduate medical education. She served on the ACGME Surgery Residency Review Committee from 2015-2017. She was then elected chair of the Council of Review Committee Residents and served on the ACGME Board of Directors until September 2019.
Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director and Medical Director of Obstetrics in the University of Missouri Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition, she is the Medical Director of the Rural Track at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Morris’s academic interests include evidence-based medicine, rural medical education, and supporting medical students’ and residents’ personal development. She is the primary investigator of a HRSA Residency Training Grant to develop a Rural Residency Training Track, and co-investigator of a HRSA Medical Student Education Program grant. Her paper Perceptions of Parenting Residents Among Family Medicine Residency Directors, was named the 2018-2019 Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance paper of the year based on research quality and potential impact on educators. The paper was the sixth most read manuscript on the journal Family Medicine website in the year following publication. Dr. Morris is the proud parent of three children, Ethan age 12 (born just prior to the beginning of her intern year), Lila age 11 (born mid-R2 year), and Luke age 6 (born a few years after she recovered from her residency). She has given numerous talks about the myth of “work-life balance” in the medical profession, and the joys and pitfalls of parenting during residency and beyond.
Dr. Erika Rangel is a clinically active general surgeon and surgical intensivist, the Director of the SICU at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and the BWH Associate Clerkship Director for Harvard Medical School. She completed her M.D. at UCSF in 2003, her general surgery residency in 2011 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. As a surgeon, mother to two young boys, and wife of a fellow academic surgeon, she is a passionate advocate for women in surgery and mentors residents seeking to build a family during training. Her research focuses on defining the challenges related to pregnancy and parenthood during surgical residency, and on quantifying the impact these challenges have on professional satisfaction and risk of attrition. She has lectured regionally and nationally to discuss strategies to improve national organization and surgical program policies to improve support of residents wishing to have children during training. Her work has led to revision of the published American Board of Surgery Leave Policies in 2017 to better accommodate surgical residents requesting maternity leave. Her research endeavors are driven by her mission as an academic surgeon to provide clinical excellence, mentorship to the next generation of surgeons, and to make a lasting contribution to surgical education through improving support for family and career integration.
Dr. Kathryn Andolsek is a tenured professor of family medicine and community health at Duke University School of Medicine. Most of her professional life has been in community health and medical education, primarily graduate medical education, though also undergraduate medical and interprofessional education. She was director of residency education at a community hospital family medicine residency in Chicago, and residency director and the associate “DIO” [all graduate medical education] at Duke. She has collaborated with the Durham Community to launch innovative projects such as a home visitation project for vulnerable older adults, a satellite of Lincoln Community Health Center, a “clinic” without walls in East Durham, and a dental van to provide dental services to low income children at school. She is a past member and chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Residency Affairs’ Steering Committee and directed their leadership development program for three cohorts of GME institutional leaders. She just completed a 6-year term on the North Carolina Physicians’ Health Program Board of Directors where she served as Vice President. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She is an associate editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Andolsek has published over 70 journal articles 3 textbooks and numerous monographs, most on topics in medical education. She has successfully secured several million dollars in federal and foundation support for curriculum development and assessment. She has worked with international colleagues in GME in Canada, Austria, Eastern Europe, Singapore, and the UAE. Most recently she was part of the InCUS invitational conference on Step 1.