Education & Research

MOLA Education & Research

The Education & Research Program develops strategies to support our members’ career development through education and research. We are interested in addressing the health disparities that Latino community experience with a local, regional, national and international reach. The main venues to develop our activities are:


MOLA’s Education and Research Program aims to promote the visibility and impact of scholarly work done by our members-Latino health professionals and students–for the benefit of advancing health equity for the Latino community. We provide a venue to publish and share ideas, research, and scholarly projects that can reduce community health disparities, foster innovation in education and healthcare, and advance the careers of our members. Please join us to review and celebrate MOLA member abstracts and scholarly accomplishments.

Education and Research Program/2018 OUTCOMES

2nd Latino Health Symposium, in partnership with Northwestern office of Diversity and Inclusion

MOLA’s annual Latino Health Symposium links all of MOLA’s programs, provided a forum for showcasing our annual outcomes, and created an academic forum where Latino health issues and Latino physicians, students, and researchers were the focus. The event gathered medical experts who provided an evidence-based discussion of current issues that impact Latino health disparities, public health, health policy, and diversity, inclusion and equity for health professionals and students.

  • Over 250 attendees
  • 35 academic posters 
  • 14 oral presentations
  • 20 invited speakers
  • 6 CME credits offered for attendees
At the conclusion of the event, participants were able to:
  • Identify how Latino physicians and health professionals can create positive impact to address gaps and barriers in Latino health. (Educational objective)
  • Describe innovative strategies that are being realized in current academic work to improve Latino health and Latino health professional advancement. (Innovation objective)
  • Create connections with fellow health professionals and students as a step in future collaborative work, mentorship opportunities, and career development. (Networking objective)
“The Latino Health Symposium in Chicago is a model of community, students and practitioners working together to better the health of Latinos in Chicago and beyond. MOLA has raised the bar with professionalism, academic rigor, and assertiveness, paving the way to health equity for Latinos and non Latinos alike. I am proud to be part of it.”
Óscar Zambrano, MPH, MBA
Audience MOLA Symposium
Audience MOLA Symposium
Feedback from attendees:
96% rated that the conference met stated objectives as “excellent” or “very good”

96% said that they obtained new knowledge

76% said that the new knowledge can affect their patient outcomes.
“Excellent quality speakers. High degree of professionalism and valued the effort to have a diverse set of topics, speakers, institutions, gender, and nationalities represented”
Symposium attendee anonymous post-event feedback
MOLA Speakers were featured in 16 regional, national, or international academic presentations
  • Building Next Generation Academic Physicians (BNGAP), Speakers Dr. P Ortega, Dr. L Rivera, Dr. J Estrada; 
  • National Hispanic Medical Association, Speakers Mr. O Zambrano, Dr. P Guerrero, Dr P Ortega; 
  • National Hispanic Health Foundation Medical Spanish Summit Director and Speaker Dr P Ortega; 
  • Black and Latino Men in Medicine Event at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Speakers Dr J Moreira, Dr J Estrada, Dr A Aparicio, Dr G Subieta; 
  • Black and Latina Women in Medicine Event at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Speakers Dr P Ortega, Dr S Oyola, Dr M Vela); 
  • Madrid Excelente Impact of Spanish Language in Sciences, Dr P Ortega; 
  • State of Spanish Language in Medicine, Comillas Spain, Dr P Ortega
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) National Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC – October, 2013 (Dr. Joaquin Estrada and Dr. Pilar Ortega were invited speakers)
Black and Latina Women in Medicine, February 15
Black and Latina Women in Medicine Event at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

The Black and Latina Women in Medicine event on February 15, 2018 was provocatively titled “Claiming our Space” and brought together a vibrant cohort of women of color at various career stages in the setting of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. It was the 2nd annual event of its kind at Pritzker, aiming “to empower and support Black and Latina women in medicine by fostering relationship building and creating an opportunity to learn from the leaders of our growing community,” according to the student organizers.

Six distinguished women of color panelists and one moderator were invited to share their lived experiences that have been meaningful, career-changing, and inspiring in their lives and careers, and also to have honest conversations about things that were less than ideal and how they dealt with negativity or even failure. The speakers came from multiple academic institutions in Chicago, and included MOLA.

“MOLA is a way for physicians to stay healthy and connected to each other and the community!”  
Geraldine Luna, MD, MPH