Our Commitment to Diversity

Community Memorial Health System and the Department of Graduate Medical Education value diversity and inclusion in all aspects of health care – as part of providing excellent patient care, within our academic and professional communities, and in research. Our goals include:

  • Improving the health and well-being of underrepresented minorities through focused efforts in research, quality improvement, and institutional population health initiatives
  • Establishing a diversity committee with representatives from residents, faculty, GME leadership, Human Resources, and our Sponsoring Institution to prioritize diversity
  • Actively recruiting a diverse community of learners, faculty, and staff into our CMHS community through institutional policy, faculty education on recruitment, trainee outreach through social media and recruitment at conferences, and our high school pipeline program
  • Establishing mentor relationships with existing minority faculty to support and retain residents and enrich the experience of faculty
  • Educating our professional community on cultural competency to raise awareness of and dispel bias, conscious and unconscious
  • Tracking and reporting metrics on diversity to better inform our efforts and to measure our success

Our residency programs

Our faculty and resident program leaders recognize the important role diversity plays in creating a culture of collaboration and teamwork.  We provide broad education for our residents on topics ranging from cultural competency to social determinants of health, and we work to incorporate these principles into scholarly work and the care of a diverse group of patients. We hold regular faculty development sessions on diversity to foster an inclusive workplace and raise awareness of implicit bias. We also believe strongly that a culture supportive of diverse providers contributes to optimal care for patients.  We continue to look for opportunities to attract and support a diverse resident and faculty community and to support residents interested in expanding research or educational opportunities on the care of underrepresented and underserved patient populations.

Women in Surgery

We strive to foster a safe and supportive environment for women in our surgical programs.  We have hosted meals off campus with residents and female faculty members to provide time, space, and most importantly mentorship, to discuss issues related to gender in surgical training.