ACP IMM22 Live Conference Panel: Launching a Successful DEI Initiative

The DEI Shift

The DEI Shift is excited to share this recording of their live panel at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 in Chicago! Experience this live discussion featuring medical student Ms. Jeshanah Johnson, Dr. Anais Ovalle, Dr. Quentin Youmans, and Dr. Lovelee Brown as they shared how to launch a successful diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative in a healthcare system. Join The DEI Shift as they discussed everything from doing a needs assessment, sustainability, and disseminating successful initiatives.

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The DEI Shift

The DEI Shift's mission is to create a podcast series on diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) in medicine that sparks discussion and provides practice-changing data and stories for a physician, student, allied health professional, and health care leader audience. Listeners will be able to gain useful information to improve their practices and environments, to gain empathy, cultural competency, and humility, and to learn more about emerging D.E.I. concepts. The DEI Shift will discuss issues related to gender, race, sexuality, religion, ability, socioeconomics, and so much more.

Moderators/Co-Hosts: Dr. Brittäne Parker Valles, Dr. Sarah Takimoto

Guests: Ms. Jeshanah Johnson, Dr. Anais Ovalle, Dr. Quentin Youmans, Dr. Lovelee Brown

Production Assistant: Alexandra Babakanian

Editor/Assistant Producer: Joanna Jain

Learning objectives:

  1. Define diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in medicine.
  2. Identify a specific area within one’s organization where education or programming to increase diversity and inclusion is needed.
  3. Discuss 2 recommended strategies for launching a DEI initiative.
  4. Review how to apply quality improvement principles to DEI initiatives and disseminate outcomes and strategies.

[0:00] Intro

Introduction of the episode topic, co-hosts, and guests

[5:30] Definition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Lovelee Brown provides her definition of D.E.I. from a lens of diverse populations primarily historically marginalized groups. Also discusses inclusivity within health care and health equity.

[8:02] ACP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and its mission

MS4 Jeshanah Johnson discusses the College’s role in meeting the needs of members through policies, educational materials and training. She also highlights a few specific initiatives for this year.

[11:10] Discussion on Successful DEI initiatives

Each panelist highlights their DEI initiative: the “Justice Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” curriculum, the “Students To Residents Institutional Vehicle for Excellence (STRIVE)” program and the UCLA Minority Housestaff Organization.

[23:14] Approach to developing a needs assessment

Dr. Anais Ovalle and Dr. Quentin Youmans discuss how their needs assessment was built on the needs of students and medical trainees and what sparked their interest to fill the specific need at their institutions.

[29:05] Steps for collaborating with key stakeholders

Dr. Lovelee Brown outlines how she engaged with current and former colleagues to research what was needed to put together a proposal and the steps she took to work with leaders at her institution.

[33:10] Building sustainability and sharing your work

Quentin discusses how he set up a succession plan for STRIVE and how he worked to publish the initiative. Dr. Anais Ovalle discussed what she learned about translating a program from one institution to the next and her continued need to adjust to the community. Dr. Lovelee Brown discusses how her organization employed a historian to collect data that would help to justify further growth.

[39:50] How to maintain involvement within the DEI space through transitions in training and employment/Protected time for DEI work

Each panelist gave their insights on how they continue DEI work, request protected time, use this work for promotion, and utilize staff to help with coordinating projects.

[47:30] Wrapping up

[48:53] Audience Questions

Extending diversity into the workspace including recruitment

Strategies on how to ground yourself as a trailblazer doing DEI work

Advocating for the time and resources from your institution

How to create an initiative when there is little formal structure at your institution

Additional Reading/Resources:


Guest: Ms. Jeshanah Johnson, Dr. Anais Ovalle, Dr. Quentin Youmans, Dr. Lovelee Brown

Moderators/Co-hosts/Producers:  Dr. Brittäne Parker Valles, Dr. Sarah Takimoto

Executive Producer: Dr. Tammy Lin 

Co-Executive Producers: Dr. Pooja Jaeel, Dr. Tiffany Leung

Senior Producers: Dr. Maggie Kozman, Dr. DJ Gaines

Production Assistant: Alexandra Babakanian

Editor/Assistant Producer: Joanna Jain

Reviewer: Marianne Parshley, MD, Tiffany Leung, MD

Website/Art Design: Ann Truong

Music: Chris Dingman

Disclaimer: The DEI Shift podcast and its guests provide general information and entertainment, but not medical advice. Before making any changes to your medical treatment or execution of your treatment plan, please consult with your doctor or personal medical team. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by The DEI Shift. The views expressed by guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by The DEI Shift team are those of each individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The DEI Shift team and its guests, employers, sponsors, or organizations we are affiliated with.

The DEI Shift podcast is proudly sponsored by the American College of Physicians Southern California Region III Chapter

The DEI Shift theme music is by Chris Dingman. Learn more at

Contact us:, @thedeishift,


Maggie Kozman, MD, ACP Member – Sr. Producer

Pooja Jaeel, MD, ACP Member – Co-executive Producer

Joanna Jain – Editor/ Assistant Producer

Tammy Lin, MD, MPH, FACP – Executive Producer

Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, FEFIM – Co-executive Producer

DJ Gaines, MD, ACP Member – Sr. Producer

Brittane Valles, MD, FACP – Moderator/ Co-host

Sarah Takimoto, MD – Moderator/ Co-host

Jeshanah Johnson – Guest

Anais Ovalee, MD, ACP Member – Guest

Quentin Youmans, MD, ACP Member – Guest

Lovelee Brown, MD, ACP Member – Guest

Alexandra Babakanian – Production Assistant

Ann Truong – Staff


Marianne Parshley, MD, FACP

Tiffany I. Leung, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA, FEFIM

None of the contributors or reviewers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Release Date:  July 5, 2022

Expiration Date: July 5, 2025

CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Physicians and the DEI Shift.  The American College of Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates each enduring material (podcast) for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 medical knowledge MOC Point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.  Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

How to Claim CME Credit and MOC Points

After listening to the podcast, complete a brief multiple-choice question quiz.  To claim CME credit and MOC points you must achieve a minimum passing score of 66%.  You may take the quiz multiple times to achieve a passing score.