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KYCOM faculty presents on inclusion in healthcare

March 30, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Renay Scales, Ph.D., recently worked with education organizations to facilitate sessions related to equity and inclusion in healthcare and higher education. A sought-out speaker on the topic, Scales has more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare, human resources and labor relations and higher education, and in affiliation with the National Coalition Building Institute. She currently serves as the director of faculty development and associate professor of family medicine at University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Scales was one of two presenters at the first American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Diversity Committee meeting in Chevy Chase, Md. The presentation focused on principles of equity and inclusion. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public. Scales also worked with leaders at Louisiana State University to teach related skills.  

A published author, Scales’ most recent publication includes a chapter titled “Women of Color in the Academy: From Trauma to Transformation” in the book “Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education.” The book was recognized as a Choice Award Winner for Outstanding Academic Title in 2015. She recently recruited eight authors to contribute to a book she is writing and editing on inclusive patient care, expected to serve as a text for behavioral science and medicine courses in professional healthcare programs. She has been a member of National Coalition Building Institute for many years, a leadership development organization that provides information and skills to U.S., Canadian, European, and South American partners. Scales also reviews and writes board exam questions for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBOME) in ethics and culturally conscious patient care.

Medicine in the Mountains … Keeping the Promise: Since its inception in 1997, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine has played an important role in preparing physicians to serve the healthcare needs of underserved populations in Kentucky and other Appalachian regions. Of the more than 1,000 graduates since the first class of physicians in 2001, 76 percent of these physicians are serving in primary care.

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