Our program feels strongly that diversity is an essential component for the creation of a collaborative, effective, and healthy learning and work environment. We consider diversity in multiple domains, such as race/ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, and religion.
Our department employs a holistic approach to application review that is consistent with the AAMC recommendations (https://www.aamc.org/services/member-capacity-building/holistic-review), which considers an applicant’s academic portfolio, lived experiences, and personal attributes. Our residency interviews are standardized through the employment of behavioral interview questions to allow applicants the opportunity to highlight those experiences and attributes.
Starting in 2022, we will offer an acting internship for fourth-year medical students from under-represented minorities (URiM) as defined by LCME. Selected participants will be provided a stipend for travel and living expenses during their four-week rotation.
We see the importance of providing our residents with the tools that they will need to serve a diverse patient population. We also use these tools to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment that supports all trainees.
Our new resident curriculum includes revised didactic sessions on topics of cultural competence, health disparities, and the social determinants of health.