Strength through Stories

Personal, Professional, Political

December 2, 2017

Portland, Oregon

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Course Description

OHSU American Medical Women's Association chapter is pleased to announce Strength through Stories: Personal, Professional, Political. This conference is designed to empower and inspire physicians, healthcare professionals, and scientists at every stage of their career to own their stories and leverage their power to manifest change. The day is divided into three parts: personal, professional, and political, with workshops providing training in advocacy, negotiation, reflective practice, and more!

Open to college, medical and graduate students, residents, post-docs, healthcare professionals, physicians, and scientists.

Registration fees: Faculty $50; Residents, Post-docs $20;
Medical, Graduate, College students $15

Learning Objectives

  •  Recognize the power and potential of your story and the stories of others, and its role in medical education and practice
  • Develop communication and leadership skills to integrate into your professional practice
  • Apply knowledge about the impact of health policy on systems of care and identify partners and resources to support advocacy efforts
  • Practice using storytelling to explore and discuss complex and difficult topics in medical education and practice
  • Create mentorship opportunities by interacting with physicians at each stage of practice

About the Invited Speakers

Sharon Anderson, MD, received her BA from the University of Maryland, and her MD from Louisiana State University Medical Center. After internal medicine residency training at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), she completed her clinical fellowship in nephrology at the Beth Israel Hospital, and her research fellowship at the Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School. After several years on faculty there, she joined the faculty at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center in 1991. She is a member of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at OHSU. 

Dr. Anderson's career reflects a "quadruple threat" in academic medicine, spanning research, education, clinical care, and administration. 

Her research interests include the progression of chronic kidney disease, with an emphasis on sex differences in kidney disease, pathophysiology of the aging kidney, polycystic kidney disease, and diabetic nephropathy. She served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology, and as Chair of two different NIH study sections, and as a member of two NIH advisory councils: the NIDDK, and the Council on Councils. The American Society of Nephrology has named a research fellowship in her honor. 

As an educator, she was formerly director of the renal fellowship and PI on the nephrology training grant at OHSU, and she has won many teaching awards. Administratively, she has served in a number of leadership roles at OHSU. At the VA, she was first Chief of the Renal Section, and then Chief of the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine (Medical Service). At OHSU, she has served as Interim Head of the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension;Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs;Chair of the Department of Medicine; and since July 2017, as Dean of the School of Medicine. 

She is also active in many national activities. She was the first woman elected to the Council of the American Society of Nephrology, and its first woman president. She is past Chair of the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and past member of other ABIM committees including the test writing committee for the Hospital Medicine examination and the nephrology Recent Advances SEP module. She recently completed a term on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. She has been honored by election to membership of the Association of American Physicians, and is a Fellow of both the American Society of Nephrology and the American Heart Association, and Master of the American College of Physicians.

Victoria Sweet was a physician at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital for more than twenty years, an experience she chronicled in God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. An associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, she is also a prizewinning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD, is the co-founder of The Capuia Foundation (a nonprofit established to improve access to healthcare, education and agriculture in the African nation of Angola), executive director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing, and assistant professor of Public Psychiatry at OHSU. She earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from The George Washington University and completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). She holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist, and a Portland Business Journal 2016 '40 Under 40′ honoree. Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards to include: Oregon Historical Society, I Have a Dream Oregon, recent appointee to the Oregon Health Policy Board Healthcare Workforce Subcommittee, former appointee to the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) which is a board that oversees the Department of Justice's mandated reform for the Portland Police Bureau, and a former appointee to the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. An acclaimed leader and speaker, she lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother.