Commitment to Diversity
Since its founding in 2010, the Community Engagement and Diversity Action Work Group (CEDAWG) is a steering committee comprised of faculty and residents who work together to engage with issues of inequity and remain committed to addressing racism within our residency and sponsoring institutions. We make recommendations, create new initiatives and generate actions that guide our residency’s culturally responsive medicine curriculum, community engagement, and diversity recruitment of faculty and residents. As a program, we believe that multiculturalism, equity and justice enrich the practice of medicine and medical training. In spring 2019, our residency, in consultation with Dr. Sharon G.E. Washington, launched PEACE (Program Engaging in Action to Create Equity) an inclusive, strategic process of organizational reflection, growth, transformation, and revitalization through the lens of diversity, equity, social justice, restorative healing and collaboration, and allyship. We welcome contributions and participation from incoming intern cohorts to enhance the trajectory of this pioneering approach to compassionately confront and eliminate individual, collective, and institutional bias and marginalization.
The cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and gender diversity of our faculty have evolved over time from predominantly Caucasian and male to a more balanced cross-section. However, our core faculty does not yet fully reflect the diverse population we serve. To most optimally align with our patients needs. We recognize that this must change and are actively working toward diversifying our faculty. As the diversity as our residents increases, we are leveraging the diversity of their insight in order to inform the cultivation of an environment where our residents can thrive, see themselves as future faculty, and contribute to recruitment efforts of diverse faculty from around the country.
Culturally Responsive Medicine Curriculum
The mission of our curriculum is to promote and strengthen the relationship between the residency program and the diverse communities we serve, guided by a mindset of cultural mindfulness and compassion. Our specific goals are as follows:
(1) Understand the impact of culture and identity on health.
(2) Develop skills to provide culturally responsive care.
(3) Appreciate the importance of self-reflection and identity development as physicians.
(4) Contribute to the empowerment and wellness of the diverse communities we serve through the acts of education, service, mentoring, and relationship-building
(5) Nurture a diverse and inclusive environment where all of our residents can develop into outstanding family physicians prepared to engage and serve their community.
Our three-year longitudinal curriculum includes training in cultural mindfulness, health disparities, and linguistically appropriate care. Through formal didactics, experiential learning activities, and a newly launched diversity, equity and inclusion organizational change process, residents will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide culturally responsive health care.