March 26, 2024

School of Medicine celebrates graduation of second cohort of WE AIM faculty development program

School of Medicine leadership and members of the 2023-24 cohort of the WE AIM program pose for a graduation ceremony photo.

The Wayne State Empowerment for Academicians in Medicine, or WE AIM, faculty development program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine continues to make strides in promoting diversity and inclusivity in medical education with the recent graduation of its second cohort.

The graduation marks another milestone in fostering growth and development among underrepresented faculty members in medicine.

“In the field of medicine, diversity is not just about representation. It’s about bringing together a multitude of perspectives, experiences and skills to enhance patient care, medical research and education,” said Dena Nazer, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and WE AIM course director. “Underrepresented in medicine faculty members bring unique perspectives that can enrich the medical community in numerous ways.”

Dr. Nazer noted that such faculty members often face unique challenges that can hinder their professional growth and development. “This is where the WE AIM program comes in. It provides underrepresented in medicine faculty members with the resources, mentorship and training they need to overcome these challenges and thrive in their careers.”

Created in 2022, WE AIM focuses on empowering junior and mid‐ career level faculty of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, equipping them with the skills necessary for success within academic medicine. The program provides a platform for faculty members to enhance their skills, broaden their knowledge and contribute significantly to the medical community.

“By focusing on the development of underrepresented in medicine faculty members, the program is helping to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable environment at the Wayne State University School of Medicine,” Dr. Nazer said. “This not only benefits the faculty members themselves, but also enhances the quality of education and patient care provided by the institution.”

The program, run by The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, is open to all faculty at the rank of assistant and associate professor, especially those who are underrepresented in medicine.

Administrative leaders who attended the graduation ceremony and congratulated the participants included Dean Wael Sakr, M.D.; Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Joseph Dunbar, Ph.D.; and Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Basim Dubaybo, M.D., along with course consultant Sana Loue, Ph.D., professor of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.

The 2023-24 WE AIM graduates include:

Tina Aguin, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Emma Cermak, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Salome Cockern, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics
Meena Moossavi, M.D., associate professor of Dermatology
Maria Muzammil, M.D., assistant professor of Neurology
Jamaica Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor-research educator of Oncology
Yusra Shao, M.D., assistant professor of Oncology

See more photos here.

Graduates of the WE AIM program received certificates designating their completion of the course.


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