BIDMC Honors Partnership, Inc., and Conexión 2019 Participants

BIDMC Communications

FEBRUARY 08, 2019

BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) recognized a number of outstanding leaders at BIDMC’s Partnership, Inc., and Conexión Program celebration event.  The annual event recognizes employees who have been selected to participate in leadership development programs through The Partnership, Inc., and Conexión, two local organizations aimed at facilitating career growth and networking for multicultural professionals.

“These programs and BIDMC share a common goal of elevating and supporting multicultural leaders,” said Joanne Pokaski, Senior Director, Workforce Development and Community Relations, Human Resources. “The people we are celebrating do amazing work at BIDMC and we look forward to the great things they will continue to contribute to our organization.”

As a Partnership or Conexión fellow, participants experience hands-on learning, networking, personal brand evaluation across industry, racial and cultural lines and more. They can also tap into a national network of peers, mentors, program alumni, and opinion leaders.

“I am inspired by the talent, commitment and dedication in this room,” said Peter Healy, President of BIDMC. “We have many great people working here and we need equally great opportunities and pathways for them to grow. The Conexión and The Partnership programs help us create these pathways to develop future leaders at BIDMC.”

Meet BIDMC’s 2019 Partnership, Inc., and Conexión Participants:
Muneera Abdur-Rahim, Research Administrator, Research and Academic Affairs
Partnership, Inc. Associate

Muneera Abdur-RahimAfter successful completion of a pipeline program, Abdur-Rahim was promoted from an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Development to a Research Administrator in 2016. She has co-taught a class in the same pipeline program from which she graduated, and most recently has participated in BIDMC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Abdur-Rahim has also advocated for and led a forum for administrative assistants to share best practices and process improvement. 

“I greatly appreciate BIDMC’s commitment to workforce development; I want to be a trainer, mentor, and supervisor to the newer members of our team,” said Abdur-Rahim. “My intention through participation in this program is to get better at driving results.”

Pablo Quintero, MD, Director of the Latino Cardiovascular Clinic, Director of Underrepresented Minority Trainee Affairs
Conexión Fellow 

Quintero began his career at BIDMC in 2005 as an Internal Medicine resident. Quintero is presently the Director of Heart Transplant, Director of the Latino Cardiovascular Clinic, Director of Underrepresented Minority Trainee Affairs, and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Using his clinical gravitas and work ethic as a springboard, he has played an increasingly important role in the division and department as a mentor and agent for change.

“I consider myself lucky to work at an institution that emphasizes workforce development and provides staff with the tools and resources they need to further develop their leadership skills,” said Quintero. “The ability to acquire core leadership skills as part of this program will better position me to lead and implement changes needed to achieve our goals of diversity and inclusion within the department.”

Edward Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Orthopedics, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma Service
Conexión Fellow

Edward RodriguezSince starting his career at BIDMC in 2004, Rodriguez has been responsible for orthopedic trauma care, overseeing a large team of surgeons, residents and support staff. Also an active educator at HMS and a researcher, Rodriguez leads the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative at HMS. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of this program and am excited to expand my leadership skills within my role,” said Rodriguez. “A goal of mine has always been to harness the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of physicians to take ideas from the clinic or lab to the point where they can make a difference at a higher level and this program will help me develop the management skills to mentor staff and guide future multicultural leaders.”

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.