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Educational Conference | Vanessa McCarthy, MD & DeJuan White, MD | Recognizing and Responding to Episodes of Bias

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speakers: Vanessa McCarthy, MD and DeJuan White, MD

Title: Recognizing and Responding to Episodes of Bias: An Opportunity to Learn and Practice Strategies to Promote a Positive Culture Through Upstanding

Location: WebEx

Learning Objectives:


About the Speakers:

E. Vanessa Spearman-McCarthy, M.D.
Associate Dean for Belonging and Inclusivity
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry & General Internal Medicine
Second Vice President, MCG Alumni Association
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Dr. Erin Vanessa Spearman-McCarthy is a Professor at Augusta University who holds dual appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and Internal Medicine. A native of Augusta, Georgia, she was educated in the Richmond County Public School System, graduating with honors from John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. Upon completion of her secondary education, she attended Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), where she earned a B.S. in Biology with Latin and College-wide Honors. Dr. Spearman-McCarthy then attended medical school at Augusta University (Augusta, GA). Upon completion of medical school, she trained in the Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) (Charleston, SC), where she served as Chief Resident during her last year of training. In 2010, she was named MUSC Department of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine Outpatient Resident of the Year and the MUSC Reynolds Aging Q3 Project Resident of the Year. Dr. Spearman-McCarthy ‘s areas of interest and clinical expertise are that of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Outpatient Internal Medicine, and Medical Student Education. Her research interests include the effects of depression on diabetes and hypertension management as well as the effects of undiagnosed anxiety and depression on the academic performance of medical and other health professional students. When not involved in patient care, Dr. Spearman-McCarthy enjoys spending time with family, mentoring, volunteering at her church, creative writing, public speaking, and performing music with local concert bands and choirs.

DeJuan White, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. DeJuan White is a physician who has maintained board certifications in general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and internal medicine. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine where he is also the department’s Residency Site Educational Director for Grady Memorial Hospital. He serves as the Medical Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Services at Grady Memorial Hospital where he also treats patients with behavioral health crises in the emergency setting. He also continues to practice as a primary care physician at Grady’s Behavioral Health Clinic treating the chronic medical conditions of underserved patients with severe mental illness. Within the department, Dr. White is the co-chair of the Racial, Ethnic, Cultural Minority Faculty Committee, an appointment he considers to be a highlight of his career thus far. He also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, Faculty Development Funds Committee, and one of the founding members of Caring Communities, an interdisciplinary group of mental health providers mobilized in the face of COVID-19 to provide communities with support, guidance, and care through support groups, de-briefings, wellness guides, and education. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine. Given his great value to the community, he was governor appointed to the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission to evaluate and provide recommendations to improve Georgia’s mental health system.

About the Series:

The Educational Conference series is a series of lectures designed to provide clinically useful information to the practicing psychiatrist (faculty or trainee).  Every 1 to 2 months an intra- or extra-departmental speaker is invited to speak on a topic of interest selected by current faculty.  This educational series is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.  Continue Medical Education units (CME’s) are available to eligible attendees.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1 hour.


October 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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