Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A diverse, equitable and inclusive learning and working environment is inextricably linked to the Department of Anesthesiology's tripartite mission.

We know diverse teams improve patient outcomes and encourage innovative ideas. We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our department and providing a safe and inclusive space for our learners, our faculty and staff, and our patients.

"Diversity enriches our institution and our department. It makes us better teachers, better researchers, better doctors. We will continue striving to create an equitable and inclusive environment where all feel valued and respected."  — Dr. Matthew Wixson, Associate Chair for Diversity

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is focused on increasing the visibility of diversity topics and creating formal programming to attract and support residents from underrepresented and marginalized groups. The committee also works to increase education and provide opportunities for all members of our department to engage with DEI issues.  

But it is not enough for us to focus on our department when there are wider challenges within academic anesthesiology. With the launch of RADAR (Raising Anesthesiology Diversity & Anti-Racism) in January 2021, we are committed to leading the national conversation on diversity within the field and developing a pipeline for diversity in academic anesthesiology — from supporting college students and early-career professionals to providing resources regarding leadership and anti-racism to develop more inclusive practices and departments. Our department chair, Dr. George A. Mashour, is the lead principal investigator on an NIH grant that will help support RADAR and its transformative goals for the field.

Below are some ways in which we are putting our commitment to diversity into action.

Department-wide

RADAR: Raising Anesthesiology Diversity & Anti-Racism 
  • Launching in January 2021
  • Develop a national pipeline of diverse talent for academic anesthesia pipeline development and antiracism toolkit)
  • Provide diversity and anti-racism workbook for academic anesthesia departmental processes and policies 
Grand Rounds: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series (ongoing)
  • Recent topics:
    • Why Diversity Matters, Dr. Matt Wixson
    • Racism in Medicine: Nothing New Under the Knife, Dr. Christina Chapman (Department of Radiation Oncology)
    • Racism and Allyship in Medicine - panel moderated by Dr. Matthew Wixson: Dr. Anita Malone, Ryan Ellison, CRNA, Dr. Brittany Ervin, Dr. Randy Vince
    • You Can't Find What You Aren't Looking for: The Intersection Between Recognizing DIC and Recognizing Harmful Policies and Ideas that Produce Racial Inequities - Dr. Emily Miner
 LGBTQ+
  • Transgender Patient Awareness Week November 2019
    • Grand Rounds
    • Photo Voices Project Lunch and Learn
  • Consulted with Pedro Coracides, Patient Experience, on anesthesiology patient communication re: pronoun usage in the perioperative space
    • Learn more: Pedro Coracides and Andrew Hickok, UMMG, spoke with The Wrap about how Michigan Medicine serves the LGBTQ+ community
  • Developing relationship with U-M Medical Group around LGTQ+ curriculum and patient experience
Research
  • Utilization of perioperative data network to begin studying health disparities
Additional Activities 
  • Women in Anesthesia Leadership Summit
  • Departmental DEI Climate Survey (ongoing)
  • Periodic all-department ZOOM discussions
  • Collaboration with Patient Experience Office on East Ann Arbor Patient Experience Project
  • Review and standardization of departmental hiring practices to eliminate bias and promote best practices 

Medical Students

Faculty

  • Faculty retreat September 2019 focused on DEI 
    • Speaker: Dr. Feranmi Okanlami
  • Unconscious Bias Training Workshop with the Office for Health, Equity & Inclusion

House Officers

  • Unconscious Bias Training
  • Bystander Training
  • Health Disparity/Health Equity educational sessions
  • Journal Club: Bias in Anesthesiology
  • Participation with House Officer Diversity Network
  • Creation of trained resident recruitment committee
  • Health Equity Scholars Program