Course overview

History of Medicine and the Disparity of Cardiovascular Disease

In this course, you will review a brief historical background of healthcare disparities and its relation to the current landscape of systemic racism and inequities in society. You will also explore the role of non-allopathic medicine in African American culture.

Richard Allen Williams, MD

 Conference Series

AIHM 2020 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour

 non-CME Eligible*

CME Expired

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • This course provides a brief historical background of healthcare disparities, description of the current landscape of systemic racism, and how this interdigitates with inequities in healthcare delivery. In addition, a detailed description of how non-allopathic medical approaches have been instrumental in the survival of African Americans.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Identify slavery as the origin of healthcare disparities in Blacks.
    • Understand the pervasiveness of systemic racism in American society.
    • Realize the need to focus on the elimination of racism in every facet of medicine.
    • Accept the importance of promoting diversity in medical organizations and institutions.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Richard Allen Williams, MD

Faculty Disclosure: No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.
About Richard
Dr. Richard Allen Williams received his M.D. degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, performed his internship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Internal Medicine residency at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and Cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was an instructor in Cardiology at Harvard Medical School, and while in this position he founded and directed the Central Recruitment Council of Boston Hospitals, which recruited significant numbers of Black medical trainees to Boston hospitals for the first time in their history. He then served for three years as the inaugural Assistant Medical Director at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Watts, California. Dr. Williams became the first Black full Professor in the history of the Department of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Williams has numerous publications and awards to his credit and is the author of The Textbook of Black-related Diseases published by McGraw-Hill in 1975.Hefounded the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) in 1974 and served as its president for 10 years. He also became the first chairman of the Board of Directors and started the ABC Newsletter. The ABC established the endowed Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship for Black Medical Students in his honor in 1980. Dr. Williams then founded the Minority Health Institute (MHI) in 1987; he is President and CEO of the latter organization. Recently, he served as President of the Charles R. Drew Medical Society in Los Angeles, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Williams is the current president of the National Medical Association.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course. 
The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.