Looking Backward and Forward on Diversity in Osteopathic Medicine(ETHICS)

This webinar will review the long standing systemic barriers to care for minority groups and the history of racism in medicine. Through discussing history, we hope to dissect the ways to improve outcomes in marginalized groups of patients and emphasize the importance of diversity in Osteopathic Medicine.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide a brief history and overview on discrimination in medicine
  • Discuss the social determinants of health and how they play a large role in the outcomes of marginalized groups of patients
  • Discuss ways that the Osteopathic Profession can continue to improve outcomes through diversity



Jessica Edwards, DO

Jessica Edwards, DO

Dr. Edwards is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician. She is a native of Cedar Hill, Texas and a second-generation physician. Growing up watching her father provide care to the entire community, she knew from a young age that she wanted to do the same. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth and completed her Family Medicine Residency Training at Care Point Health-Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey and she is the recipient of the 2016 American Osteopathic Foundation Resident of the Year in Family Medicine award. She attended the University of Rochester Medical Center for a Maternal Child Health Fellowship. She has received certification to perform Botox and Filler from Aesthetic Medical Educator Training, certification perform Microneedling, the Vampire Facial, and the Green Peel. She sees patients of all ages and she specializes in obstetrics and newborn care.

She moved back to Texas to address healthcare disparities, improve access to healthcare and improve the maternal mortality rate. She is a Graduate of the AACOM 2019-2020 Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship and she was selected for the Prestigious Top Healthcare Leaders Under 40 by the National Medical Association Post Graduate Section. She is former National President of the Committee of Interns and Residents, America's largest union of Resident Physicians and still advocates for Physician work-life balance. In January 2020, she was elected Vice-Chair of the Obstetrics Department at Resolute Hospital. 

Dralves Edwards, DO

Dralves Edwards, DO

Dr. Dralves Edwards currently works as an independent contractor in Emergency Medicine at several local hospitals and free-standing Emergency Rooms in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas. Dr. Edwards closed his private practice in 2001 and his ministry in 2004. He has worked exclusively in Emergency Medicine since 2004 at level III and IV centers. He is also engaged in telemedicine in Texas and is aspiring to become a medical historian in disadvantaged and minority health issues focusing on outcomes.

He collaborates often with Harvard Professors and Pulitzer nominees, Drs. Michael W. Byrd and Linda Clayton, authors of "An American Health Dilemma", volumes I and II, on improving health disparities and pertinent parameters.

Dr. Edwards has been the site medical director for Envision Physicians Group from 2014 - 2015. The duties included but not limited to scheduling the physicians, reviewing charts for documentation deficiencies, ensuring the medical staff of the transparency of the ED, attended scheduled meetings, reviewed the hospitals bylaw, policies and procedures for continuity of the ED physicians and worked to improve working relationships between the nursing staff and physicians.

Dr. Edwards has been philanthropic feeding over 7,000 children annually through the Feeding the Children Foundation. He is a community leader and served as an adjunct professor for the University of North Texas Health Science Center for rotating  medical students. He was founder and Senior Pastor of the St. Luke Christian Center Church from 1990 - 2004. On June 19, 2020, The Dralves and Jessica (daughter) Edwards Scholarship Fund was created by the University of North Texas Health Science Center to support minority students who have demonstrated outstanding character and desire to become an Osteopathic Physician. This is, the first African American, father-daughter duo, to graduate from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.


1 AOA Category 1-A credit; and 1 ethics credit.


$30 for TOMA members; $50 for non-members