"Diversity and inclusion will improve even more quickly if we, as a culture, can come to grips with unconscious bias, and how it influences our admission and recruitment processes. There are currently efforts at the Medical School through my office and others to address this important issue directly and honestly." - Margaret R. Gyetko, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development
In the fall of 2015, the University of Michigan embarked upon a renewed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. A Diversity Network was created to recognize, respect, foster, and maximize the strengths and differences among its key constituents - patients/families, staff, faculty, house officers, students, and the community at large.
Department of Internal Medicine Diversity Planning Co-Leads
As part of this initiative, the Department of Internal Medicine named Richard Simon, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Marisa Rodriguez, MPH, Administrator, Division of Hospital Medicine, as planning co-leads.
They work closely with Michigan Medicine's Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), where they are committed to:
- Improving the health and well-being of those underrepresented in healthcare through continuous quality improvement initiatives, health equity research, inclusion science, implementation science, outcomes research, and community-based participatory research.
- Creating health equity and inclusion best practices for patient care and pipeline programs for learners, faculty, and staff.
- Transforming healthcare by creating a climate and culture that promotes inclusion, cultural sensitivity, diversity, and health equity.
- Recruiting and retention of a diverse community of leaders, faculty, staff, learners, and trainees.
Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
Long-Term Strategic Priorities
- Attract, recruit, and retain faculty to support the department.
- Improve faculty and staff satisfaction.
- Create a productive, inclusive, and welcoming environment.
Everyday Bias in Healthcare Training
One step towards creating a productive, inclusive, and welcoming environment is through our faculty, staff, and trainee's completion of the "Everyday Bias in Healthcare" training session. The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This training session is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions.