Diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI) are not simply academic buzz words to us. The Prisma Health Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program believes DEI is *necessary* to train physicians to deliver exceptional, culturally-compassionate care for diverse populations, whether it be differences in age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, physical ability or socioeconomic background. During 2020-2021, the ongoing global pandemic which amplified deeply-rooted health inequities and the Spring 2020 AAP ROME Visiting Professorship with pediatrician and community advocate, Dr. Rhea Boyd, have further reinforced our program’s resolve to fiercely advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and highlighted the urgency of these initiatives. Our Med-Peds, Internal Medicine and Pediatric leadership are heavily involved in the Graduate Medical Education DEI subcommittee, meeting monthly and making system-wide initiatives and our Med-Peds residents have become vocal champions of inclusive excellence and diversity of all types.
Our Med-Peds program strives to recruit diverse residents reflective of the community we served. Currently, 40% percent of our residents are minorities and, of those, 30% are underrepresented in medicine. Our diverse resident classes share new ideas, lived experiences, and unique perspectives that have improved our resident training and overall patient care.
We recognize diversity is not about our numbers or percentages. We are striving to build and update our anti-oppressive curriculum and diversity/inclusion/equity initiatives every day. Below are specific initiatives and recent accomplishments, arranged under the Six Pillars as delineated by the University of California – San Francisco – Differences Matter Campaign.
For more information or questions, please contact our Associate Program Director, Senthuran Ravindran –firstname.lastname@example.org. He can facilitate meetings or mentorship opportunities with former graduates and current residents