Navigating New Environments: Connect + Reflect

Des Moines, IA US
December 5, 2018

Finding yourself in new surroundings is a normal part of life. And as future healthcare providers, you’ll certainly find yourself in new environments, maybe even you’re in one now... You’re also likely to find yourself connecting with people with a wide range of life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and identities. 

Join us for a panel discussion on Navigating New Environments. Panelists will share lessons and insights they’ve gained as they’ve navigated new environments, both in the United States and around the world. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss ways that new environments have been successfully navigated. 
  • Analyze and consider the panelists’ experiences. 
  • Reflect on how the discussions impact your future experiences.


Teresa Aoki, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Des Moines University

In addition to her role at DMU, Dr. Aoki is a pulmonologist affiliated with affiliated with Veterans Affairs Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines. She completed medical school in Peru, spent a year in Japan and moved to the United States in 1995, joining DMU in 2015. Prior to making her home in Des Moines, she lived in Illinois, Florida and Texas.

Sanjita Pradhan
Program Director of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership

In her role of Program Director of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Pradhan works to connect foreign born individuals with business and growth opportunities. Prior to joining the Partnership, Pradhan worked with members of the refugee community as Resettlement Director at Catholic Charities and she has been an advocate for foreign-born talent, serving on a variety of boards and commissions. Pradhan is originally from Nepal, and moved to Des Moines in 2006. 

Elizabeth Hohl

Hohl is a 2nd year DO student who grew up in Upstate New York but has also lived in Chicago, Seattle, and Oakland before moving to Des Moines. In 2014, she was fortunate to travel for a year, with her partner and see many parts of the world. She has experience with short term global health and volunteerism work in Thailand, Uganda, and Kenya.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the panelists indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/05/2018 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/05/2018 - 1:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Munroe Building
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1372

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.



Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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