Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

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 mission includes:

  • Improving the health and well-being of underrepresented minorities through focused efforts in research, quality improvement, and institutional population health initiatives
  • Working through our Diversity and Inclusion committee to prioritize a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our institution
  • 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 & Diversity

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.

Highlights of Diversity Events Across Specialties

DEI Journal Clubs

We host regular journal clubs in all of our specialties. Recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the care we provide, we incorporate DEI articles in journal clubs to provide safe spaces for impactful dialogue on how bias and racism have affected our patient and care community and to build trust among residents and faculty.

Residents and faculty can access the CMHS Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for journal articles, podcasts, and videos.

Black Men in White Coats Screening & Roundtable Discussion

The GME DEI Committee is hosting a Black Men in White Coats screening and roundtable discussion for residents, medical students, and faculty. Only 2% of American doctors are black men; this documentary dissects systemic barriers presenting black men from becoming medical doctors and consequences to society at large.

Building Trust Through Diversity, Health Care Equity, and Inclusion in Internal Medicine Grant Award

CMHS is among the leading Internal Medicine programs awarded grants to promote more equity in healthcare. Learn more about our innovative Dialogues Around Diversity project.

CMHS Orthopaedic Surgery Diversity Scholarship

The Orthopaedic Surgery Department at Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) is committed to supporting the professional development of underrepresented minorities,* women, and LGBTQ+ applicants in the field of orthopaedic surgery. We invite interested underrepresented fourth year medical students with financial need to apply for our CMHS Orthopaedic Surgery Diversity Scholarship program. Through the program, we offer an elective four-week rotation with the CMHS Orthopaedic Surgery Department during which the scholarship student will be paired with both a faculty and resident mentor.

Scholarship includes:

  • $3000 stipend to assist with documented housing/travel expenses
  • Meals while on hospital campus
  • Faculty & senior resident mentorship

This scholarship program is designed to increase diversity amongst our visiting orthopaedic students and residents by helping a talented underrepresented medical student with financial need gain access to our outstanding program.

Medical students eligible for and interested in our Orthopaedic Diversity Scholarship can apply to our 4th year audition rotation through the VSLO website (https://gme.cmhshealth.org/medical-students/application/). On the application, students should check the box indicating interest in the scholarship program. Instructions on submission and contact information are included in the application. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 25.

*For the purposes of this program, we define minorities underrepresented in medicine as Black, African-American or African, Hispanics or Latinx, American Indians, Native American or Alaskan natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, and Asians (not including Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Malaysians, Pakistanis, Asian Indian, and Thai)