Support for Diversity
Diversity of patients
- Southeast Michigan has a wonderful diversity of patients, and Michigan Medicine serves both as a referral center for patients coming from large urban centers like Detroit and Flint but also from surrounding rural areas, from around the corner to coming from the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a 10-hour drive.
- Our patients run the full spectrum from the common disorders to the high-acuity, complex, and unusual, with a wide variety of cultural, racial, religious, geographic, socioeconomic, and sexual/gender backgrounds.
- We have excellent interpretative services available for the numerous languages spoken by our patients and their families (Spanish and Arabic are the most common), and also have superb ASL interpreters.
- The Pediatric Neurology Division welcomes residents from all cultural, racial, socioeconomic, sexual/gender and religious backgrounds.
- We believe that excellence in our program is best achieved by bringing together bright, caring residents, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of perspectives. We are dedicated to ongoing improvement in our ability to work as a team, to learn from each other, to provide a welcoming environment, and to recognize and overcome our implicit biases.
- Examples of faculty activities include investigation of racial disparities in epilepsy surgery (Dr. Neville) and participations in Pediatricians for Black Lives (Dr. Neville), a program about microaggression (Drs. McNamara, Gottlieb-Smith, and Hoban), and SMASH (STEM program for premedical high school students of color) (Dr. Leber).
- We held division-wide sessions on Unconscious Bias and on Bystander Training.
- Dr. Neville is chairing a new divisional DEI Committee.
- Michigan offers a number of diversity, equity, and inclusion supports:
- Strong support for trainees with disabilities