Department Initiatives & Resources
The Department of Neurology is committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and cultural sensitivity within our program and our community. The department has five subcommittees to carry out this mission within our department's work. These include: Underserved Medical Care, Recruitment and Retention, Training and Department Engagement, Community Outreach, Communications, and Administrative Management. Residents are welcome and encouraged to participate in any activities in which they have interest.
The institution of Michigan Medicine also has many resources and events available including specifically the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), Office of Institutional Equity, and anonymous reporting through the Michigan Medicine Compliance Hotline and Sexual and Gender Based Reporting and Resources.
You can find more information about these resources, and our department's DEI initiatives here.
Residency Program Efforts & Opportunities
Our residency program is committed to training a diverse cohort of neurologists to be leaders in patient-centered clinical practice, research, medical education, and advocacy for accessible healthcare and promotion of community health. We strive to create a diverse and open work environment where every person feels safe and valued. Our curriculum promotes personal growth and provides resources to maintain physician wellness and self-care. Specific efforts directed toward this mission are listed below.
We match all of our residents with engaged faculty mentors, taking into account their diverse backgrounds and interests. Our mentors aim to create reciprocal and collaborative relationships, serving as coach, counsellor, advisor, and learning consultant, role model, and friend.
The Hope Clinic is a free clinic in nearby Ypsilanti, Michigan. Specialty neurology clinics twice a month are staffed by Michigan Medicine faculty and resident volunteers. This is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the challenges that the underserved community faces, and the opportunities to leverage local and state programs to improve our delivery of care.
Research In Health Disparities
University of Michigan faculty are actively involved in health disparities research. Some notable examples include leading longstanding stroke surveillance studies, Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) and Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky stroke study, health services research to better understand disparities and promote equitable cost, quality and access to care and community-engaged research across the state.
Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
The Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) champion diversity and inclusion for our employees, our patients, and our community. They offer training courses, networking, programs on health disparities issues, and tools for researching health disparities.
Additional Education in Healthcare Equity
The Michigan Medicine Healthcare Equity and Quality Scholar’s Program (HEQSP) is a 14 month-long certificate program to address cultural humility and social determinants of health. The program provides foundational instruction on quality improvement and supports trainees in a project design to measure and eliminate healthcare disparities in their clinical domain.