Challenging Race-Based Medicine in Practice Webinar

Webinar On Demand
  • OAFP Member: $75
  • OAFP Resident & Student Member: $25


Race is a historically rooted, social construct that categorizes people based on basic physical characteristics, assumed geographic ancestry, and patterns of behavior. Using race as a proxy for biology is a dangerous shortcut when making medical diagnoses and care recommendations, which ultimately can lead to racial health disparities.

This webinar, held April 22, 2021, was moderated by Roma Amin, MD, and helped learners understand the origins of race-based medicine, the implications of conflating race with genetic ancestry, to identify the racist underpinnings of many commonly practiced treatment plans and diagnosed diseases, and set a plan for meaningful change that will help advance true health equity.

If you missed this webinar, no worries! It is now available on demand to Ohio Academy of Family Physicians members and approved for Enduring Materials, Self-Study Prescribed continuing medical education credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)!

About the Speaker

Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the founder, senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH, Faculty at the Mongan Institute, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internal Medicine physician. He has also served on the leadership team of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, and cross-cultural medicine, and has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees, including those that produced the landmark reports, Unequal Treatment and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. Dr. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts that have led to over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and advises private industry, government, and not-for-profit health systems on approaches to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He sits at on the Board of Trinity Health, a large national health system; and sat on the Boston Board of Health and the Board of Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston. He is a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.

Dr. Betancourt received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Following residency, he completed The Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, and received his Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the origins and effects of how racism has shaped scientific advancements, tools, and diagnoses of commonly held medical guidelines practiced today
  • Understand the importance of adopting and following the same standards and guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of all patients regardless of race
  • Understand how physicians and interdisciplinary teams can combat racism in practice
  • Identify areas for future awareness and develop a plan for action and change in practice.


CME Accreditation

This live activity was reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.5 Live Prescribed credits by the AAFP. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This recorded activity was reviewed is and acceptable for up to 1.5 Enduring Materials, Self-Study Prescribed credits by the AAFP. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.


For more information, please contact Director Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.