Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

Diversity

We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.

Equity

We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion

We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

Anti-Racism

We acknowledge the negative impact of structural and systemic racism on the United States health care system. To ensure an inclusive and equitable training environment, and to provide optimal care for our diverse community of patients, we have an unwavering commitment to racial and social justice.

Residency Initiatives 

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
    • Antiracist Book Club - Bi monthly journal club,
    • Bias in Medical Student Evaluations - Ongoing efforts to educate senior residents and faculty members on concrete steps to mitigate bias when evaluating medical students
    • Compassion Rounds - A manifestation of the “Implicit and Structural Bias Curriculum,” seeking to promote holistic care via discussion of topics like pain management for patients with IBD
    • LGBTQ+ Allies - Network of LGBTQ+ identifying residents and allies who host social events and educate residents on the care of LGBTQ+ identifying patients
    • Bias in PSQI Projects - Advocating for the inclusion of projects that address health disparities and inequities in our existing PSQI curriculum
    • Resident Networking - Connecting residents to faculty mentors based on their shared identities outside of medicine, such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion
    • Teaching Repository - Continuing to expand upon our repository of cases and teaching scripts aimed at identifying and mitigating bias in healthcare
    • Student Outreach - Identifying ways in which to improve the Internal Medicine clerkship environment for medical students
  • Equal Medicine Group 
    • Bystander training, negotiation workshop, Perfecting Your Pitch Workshop, faculty mentorship, book club, film screening nights, resident-faculty social mixers
  • Residents and Fellows for Global Health Equity  
    • Lecture series (Global Health Equity Rounds)
  • Implicit and structural Bias curriculum
  • Training on bias in medical student evaluations 
  • Residents as Mentors Program
  • Holistic recruitment practices
  • Clinical opportunities
  • Progressive maternity and paternity paid leave
  • Progressive lactation policies that guarantee time, space and support for breastfeeding residents

Department of Internal Medicine and U-M Initiatives

Department of Internal Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine's Office for Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being works to continually monitor, evaluate, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. An IMPOWER Council was created (IMPOWER - Inspiring Medicine to Promote Opportunities for Well-Being, Equity, and Diversity) to facilitate multidirectional communication and support initiatives to drive culture change around IMPOWER’s four strategic priorities: develop people, improve environment, build partnerships, and communicate results.

  • Grand Rounds Series - This series works to continually monitor, evaluate, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. 
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Michigan Medicine COMPASS, Compassionate Peers and Stress Support Network - The peer support interaction provides a safe and confidential space to express reactions to a stressful event or time by speaking to someone who can relate directly to the circumstances involved.
  • COVID-19 virtual group support sessions
  • Cultural complications curriculum 
  • External faculty recruitment

Institutional Collaborators