Supporting Colleagues of Color: Practical Tips for Combating Racism and Burnout

Betsey, Lucy, and Anarcha Memorial Lecture

About the Webinar

ACOG hosted its second annual Betsey, Lucy, and Anarcha Memorial Lecture where panelists shared:

  • Their experiences as practitioners in the field
  • What it means to be a supportive, antiracist colleague
  • Tools and strategies for combatting racism and burnout

Participants can earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Jessica Buck DiSilvestro, MD

Jessica Buck DiSilvestro, MD, a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, is a second-year gynecologic oncology fellow at Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and worked at an American Indian health center in New York City before earning her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. During her training, she has received several awards for teaching, surgical excellence, and research. She is passionate about cancer prevention, quality improvement, and addressing health disparities for American Indian people.

Cynthia Izuno Macri, MD, FACOG

Cynthia Izuno Macri, CAPT, MC, USN, Ret., FACOG, served 35 years in the U.S. Navy as a gynecologic oncologist in a variety of academic and executive leadership roles at the National Naval Medical Center, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Naval Medical Education and Training Command, and the Uniformed Services University before moving to the Pentagon to serve as special assistant to the chief of naval operations for diversity.

In retirement, she is increasingly engaged with veterans’ issues such as homelessness, self-management programs, veterans and women’s health, substance use, mental health, and suicide prevention. She serves as a commissioner for the Maryland State Veterans Commission and the Montgomery County Commission on Veteran Affairs. She was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention representing the Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.

Jaleen Sims, MD, MPH, FACOG

Jaleen Sims, MD, MPH, FACOG, is a practicing board-certified obstetrician–gynecologist at Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She is also the associate program director for wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the obstetrics and gynecology residency program. In this role she strives to improve the culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and maximize patient care and outcomes, no matter the patient’s race, gender identity, income, or language.

She has a special interest in health care advocacy, sexual health, maternal health, and health care disparities. She is an active participant in several organizations, including the Mississippi State Medical Association, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, and ACOG. With these organizations she strives to amplify the voices of patients and physicians.

Mark B. Woodland, MS, MD, FACOG

Mark B. Woodland, MS, MD, FACOG, is professor and interim academic chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member for over 20 years. He served as the obstetrics and gynecology residency program director and vice dean for graduate medical education at the Drexel University College of Medicine until joining Reading Hospital as chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology in 2015. He is one of six physicians on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and was elected chair of that board in October 2020. He is also chair of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology for ACOG. In April of 2022, Dr. Woodland was elected to the board of directors of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Dr. Woodland received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship at George Washington University Medical Center. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital.