Grand Rounds: Optimism in the Face of Inequity


Live Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, October 4, 2023. 12:00-1:00pm CT


Thomas Fisher, Jr., MD, MPH
ER physician at The University of Chicago Medical Center and  Author of “The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER”


Webinar Title and Description: Optimism in the Face of Inequity - There have been countless studies showing how health inequity can lead to poor medical outcomes, distrust of the healthcare system, and even generational trauma. In this session, we will explore stories that illuminate how these vast bodies of literature on health inequity play out locally. Focused specifically on the Chicago neighborhoods, we will explore where and how the communities where our patients live can shape their lives and their bodies' health. We will also discuss ways that healthcare practitioners can make things better for their patients and remove moral conflict.

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  1. Recognize the local social determinants of health that drive patient outcomes and create risk returning home.
  2. Examine moral questions that shape physician/clinician patient relationships.
  3. Evaluate financial and policy influence on health inequity.

Successful Completion: Participants will be present during the live webinar in its entirety and complete an attendance verification and assessment in the Academy Learning Portal within one month of the live air date. 

Audience: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education:


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 008021. This live and distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .10 CEUs [introductory, Professional Issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapists: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers. This program will award 1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hours. Sponsor License #159001466.

Speech-Language Pathologists:

CME Leadership and Staff:
Madeline Flores, MD - Has nothing to disclose.
Rebecca Bagdy, Executive Director, Academy - Has nothing to disclose.
Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Kathleen Stevens, RN, PhD - Has nothing to disclose.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:
Thomas Fisher, Jr., MD, MPH - Has nothing to disclose. 

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 
Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.


Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Physicians Social Workers Speech Language Pathologists