HEAL for Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)

HEAL for URMs is designed for racial/ethnic residents, fellows, and supporting faculty that have been historically underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Hispanics, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders. 

2022 Curriculum and Dates

This year, HEAL will follow its HEAL-USA designed curriculum. To learn more about HEAL-USA visit our website: www.utsouthwestern.edu/heal-usa. HEAL sessions will be held virtually from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time).  

DateTimeTopic
January 19 5:30- 7pm Welcome to HEAL-USA: Orientation and What is Academic Medicine
February 23 6-7pm Mentorship, Sponsorship and Networking
March 23

6-7pm

Beating Burnout

April 20 6-7pm Crucial Conversations Pt. 1 - Deciding Your Future and Making Tough Choices
May 18

6-7pm

Crucial Conversations Pt. 2 - Managing Conflict and Feedback

June 22 6-7pm Preparing to Apply

HEAL for URMs Faculty Directors

Dale Okorodudu, M.D.

Dale Okorodudu, M.D.

Dale Okorodudu, M.D., serves as the Faculty Director for the Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL) Program. He is an Assistant Professor in the UT Southwestern Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, and clinically practices at the Dallas VA Medical Center.

Dr. Okorodudu earned both his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Following his time in the Midwest, he relocated to Durham, North Carolina, where he completed his Internal Medicine training at Duke University Medical Center. Subsequently, he joined UT Southwestern as a Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow, and after completion of this training, joined the faculty.

Dr. Okorodudu has a strong interest in health care disparities, with an emphasis on the development of a strong medical workforce. While at Duke, his passion to mentor future physicians resulted in a nonprofit mentoring organization, DiverseMedicine Inc., which is now recognized among the nation’s most notable in its category, as well as Black Men In White Coats, which seeks to increase the number of black men in the field of medicine.

Dale.Okorodudu@utsouthwestern.edu

Carolee Estelle, M.D

Carolee Estelle, M.D.

Carolee D. Estelle, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She serves as the Associate Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology for Parkland Health and Hospital Systems where she has helped lead the COVID-19 pandemic response and routinely engages in community education efforts. Dr. Estelle is also Co-Chair of the Internal Medicine Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Committee, and serves as Faculty Co-Director of Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL) Program. 

Carolee.Estelle@utsouthwestern.edu

HEAL for URM Liaisons

Mehari Gebreyohanns, M.D.

Mehari Gebreyohanns, M.D.
Associate Professor
Neurology

 
Ava Pierce, M.D.

Ava Pierce, M.D.
Professor
Emergency Medicine 

 
Larissa Velez, M.D.

Larissa Velez, M.D.
Professor
Emergency Medicine