WPS Symposium: Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusions and Delusions; Diversity and Cultural Competence in Plastic Surgery - Why It Should Matter to You


The complex issue of diversity is reflected in multiple areas, including changing demographics of patients seeking cosmetic procedures, disparities in reconstructive surgery outcomes, and even within the ranks of plastic surgery practices themselves. A unique Symposium designed by the ACAPS Women Academic Surgeon Task Force, in collaboration with the ASPS WPS and ASRM WMG has been designed to expand your concept of beauty, diversity and cultural competence and demonstrate how cultural competence can improve your practice and patient outcomes.

This Symposium will explore:

  • Definitions of diversity and cultural competence
  • Examples of discrimination, both conscious and subconscious, in the workplace (academic staff, private practice staff, operating room, patient encounter, advertising) and discuss repercussions
  • How diversity awareness and cultural competence can benefit your practice (leadership, staff, patient recruitment)
  • How cultural competence can improve healthcare delivery

(PR182) WPS Symposium: Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusions and Delusions: Diversity and Cultural Competence in Plastic Surgery

Friday, September 23, 2016

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free (included in instructional course bundle) 

Chair: Liza Wu, MD

Los Angeles Convention Center

Supported by MTF Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Register for Symposium PR182, to be held immediately before Opening Ceremonies, and take part in this thought-provoking, timely, and practice changing discussion. This symposium is open to all ASPS/ASMS members. Designated for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Part One: Recognizing and Embracing Diversity in Our Patients

Panel: Diversity in Our Patients: The Biology and Culture of Beauty

  • Biology of Beauty - Anjan Chatterjee, MD
  • The Changing Face of the Plastic Surgery Patient - Jamal Bullocks, MD
  • The Anatomic Basis for Our Perception of Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Apparent Age - David Teplica, MD, MFA
  • Discussion and Q&A.
Part 2: Recognizing and Embracing Diversity in Our Workplace

Panel: Diversity in the Workplace: Challenges, Benefits and Solutions

  • Minority Report: Perspectives on Implicit Bias in Plastic Surgery - Katerina Gallus, MD
  • Enriching Medicine through Racial Diversity - Paris Bulter, MD
  • Beyond the Hue: A conversation about Diversity and Inclusion - Angela Logan, PhD