Trainee Diversity & Inclusion Conference – November 12th, 2022

Excellence in Action: Lifting As We Climb

​The theme of the fifth annual trainee diversity and inclusion conference will be Excellence in Action: Lifting As We Climb. We are honored to have a national leader as our Keynote speaker to provide us insights on this topic and encourage us to change systems, and reflect on how we too can strive for equity. We are also fortunate to have panels of UVA faculty members and community members to share their insights on career development, harnessing your passions and balancing resident and faculty wellness.

This conference is free and designed for medical students, GME Trainees, GME faculty and staff. Please direct any questions you may have to

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Keynote Address - "The Equity Imperative for Graduate Medical Education"

Dr. Bonnie Mason, MD, FAAOS

Medical Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American College of Surgeons​

Orthopedic Surgeon

Pictured - Bonnie Mason

Featured Panelist & Moderators

Discussion Topic: Career Development and Harnessing Your Passions Outside of the Workplace

Dr. A. Rashard Dacus
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb
Emergency Medicine

Dr. Arturo Saavedra

Discussion Topic: Enhancing Resident and Faculty Well-Being through Systems and Culture Change

Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz

Dr. Carrie Sopata
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Karen Warburton
Director of COACH

Conference Agenda

8:00amOpening RemarksUVA Health Leadership, GME & HCDI Leadership
8:40amWon't You Be My Neighbor - Ice Breaker
9:00amPanel Discussion: Career Development & Harnessing your Passions Outside of the WorkplaceDr. Rashard Dacus
Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb
Dr. Arturo Saavedra
10:00amWorkshop Session
A. Faculty Development Session - Mentoring URM Trainees & Recipes for Success
B. Success on Away Rotations
C. How to be a Good Mentee
D. Seeking out Programs that are Supportive of DEI & Global Health
11:00amKeynote AddressDr. Bonnie Mason
12:00pmLunch Break (Poster Session)
1:15pmCommunity PanelAthena Gould (Big Brothers & Big Sisters)

Yolanda Harrell (New Hill Incorporated Increasing Financial Literacy in Black Community)

Janasha Bradford (Edward Jones & Author of "Mahogany and Friends")

Anthony Haro (Director, Blue Ridge Area Coalition for the Homeless)
2:00pmPanel Discussion: Enhancing Resident and Faculty Well-Being through Systems & Culture ChangeDr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz
Dr. Carrie Sopata
Dr. Karen Warburton
3:00pmClosing RemarksHCDI Leadership
5-7:00pmNetworking Happy Hour

HCDI Leadership & Board

Dr. Erik Scott
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Perry Bradford
Plastic Surgery
Vice President

Dr. Chioma Moneme
General Surgery
Mentorship Co-Chair

Dr. Anuragh Gudar
Internal Medicine
Mentorship Co-Chair

Dr. Erawadi Singh
Recruitment Co-Chair

Dr. Anthony Norman
General Surgery
Recruitment Co-Chair

Dr. Alexandra Deal
Plastic Surgery
Community Outreach Co-Chair

Faculty Advisors

Dr. A. Rashard Dacus
Orthopaedic Surgery
Senior HCDI Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brittany Behar
Plastic Surgery
HCDI Co-Faculty Advisor

Dr. Sula Mazimba
HCDI Co-Faculty Advisor