The Michigan Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) has recognized Matt Wixson, M.D., with its annual Faculty Equity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who has fostered an environment of equity and inclusion within their training program in an effort to improve disparities.
“It takes a team and I’m fortunate to be in a department where diversity, equity, and inclusion are one of our pillars,” Wixson said when accepting the award.
“Progress at times is slow and at times is fast, but forward movement and progress is so important. I’m just grateful to be a part of that journey because we know that diverse teams improve the training environment of our trainees and learners, make our teams stronger and more creative and innovative, and ultimately lead to more successful patient outcomes.”
Wixson is the Department of Anesthesiology’s inaugural associate chair for diversity. In this role, he has redefined how the department engages in diversity, equity, and inclusion, according to his nominators. In the past year, he has used town halls, panels, and education initiatives to bring colleagues together to tackle complex issues with renewed curiosity.
Nominators also noted the personal impact he has had on learners and colleagues who identify as underrepresented in medicine, building up their confidence and sense of belonging in medicine.
He also is spearheading RADAR — Raising Anesthesiology Diversity and Anti-Racism — an NIH-funded initiative to help anesthesiology departments and training programs across the country elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“Matt, congratulations. Your leadership has truly been transformative,” said Department Chair George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., noting that the population of underrepresented minorities within the incoming residency class has grown from less than 10 percent to 30 percent under Wixson’s leadership.
“What strikes me about Matt is as he takes on more and more roles and responsibilities — it just seems like his level of energy and optimism and engagement expands right along with it,” Mashour added. “Matt, the sky’s the limit for you, and we’re all here to support you.”