Rutgers Health Workshop Series
January 16, 2024 -
 March 26, 2024
Select Tuesdays
12:00 PM -
 1:00 PM

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), microaggressions are connected to broader conceptualizations of the impact of implicit bias and systems of inequity. Incorporating anti-racist training into medical education that involves intentionally moving beyond people’s comfort zones and acknowledging that discomfort can be a catalyst for growth is critical for moving towards health equity. ( 

This series is open to all Rutgers Health faculty and staff. 

Join our collaborative educational series to share resources, expertise, and unite on a common mission to mitigate harmful bias and eliminate discrimination to advance equity and diversity. Together, we can unify Rutgers Health to strengthen a sense of community. We aim to raise awareness of microaggressions to foster a safer and more inclusive community. Additionally, providing education and training that addresses health at the intersection of race and ethnicity will amplify and prioritize marginalized individuals who are disproportionately impacted by implicit bias and microaggressions.  

Topics include Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Challenging Implicit Bias in Medicine, Unmasking Microaggressions and Fostering an Inclusive Environment, Addressing Structural Racism in Healthcare, and Promoting Equity and Inclusion. 

Series Leaders

  • Ana Natale-Pereira, MD, MPH, FACP, Division Director, General Internal Medicine, Assistant Dean for Primary Care and Community Initiatives, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • Shilpa Pai, MD, FAAP, Co-Director, Health Equity Thread; Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Maria Soto-Greene, MD, MS-HPEd, FACP Executive Vice Dean and Professor of Medicine; Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


Guest speakers include:  

  • Charletta Ayers, MD, MPH, Associate Professor; Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs; Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Manasa Ayyala, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School  
  • Robin Eubanks, PhD, Assistant Director for EOF, Rutgers School of Health Professions
  • James Hill, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Brad Kamataki, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Franz Smith, MD, MAcM, MAS, FACS, Surgical Oncologist and Chief Academic Officer, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center  

Learning Objectives

After participating in ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of structural racism, implicit bias, and othering on health outcomes.  
  • Define microaggressions and when they occur in academic and clinical environments.  
  • Employ strategies to interrupt microaggressions using a variety of communication techniques. 

Continuing Education Accreditation

Continuing Education Accreditation not available for this series.


Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Challenging Implicit Bias in Medicine
Tuesday • January 16, 2024
12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM
Unmasking Microaggressions and Fostering an Inclusive Environment
Tuesday • January 30, 2024
12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM
Addressing Structural Racism in Healthcare
Tuesday • February 13, 2024
12:00 PM
Acknowledging and Responding to Bias: The Importance of Cultural Humility in Healthcare
Tuesday • February 27, 2024
12:00 PM
Recognizing the Hidden Influences in Health Professions Learning Environment
Tuesday • March 12, 2024
12:00 PM
From Awareness to Action: Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Medical Environment
Tuesday • March 26, 2024
12:00 PM