We will implement standard policy for search and recruitment procedures for all assistant, associate, full professor and leadership positions. We will utilize data collection and analysis to measure success of our efforts, partner with focused academic groups, and develop a robust pipeline. The potential benefits of increasing diversity of academic medical faculty and trainees have been well-described. Only institutions able to recruit and retain women and underrepresented groups will be likely to maintain the best faculty and house officers.
We will establish a standing Department Recruitment Committee with educational standards set for all faculty members participating in search and recruitment. The Department Recruitment Committee will provide oversight of job postings, candidate pool selection, and campus visits. Education is focused on developing and incorporating best practices that maximize the probability that diverse, talented, and well-qualified candidates will be identified, recruited, and hired into the Department of Surgery. All recruitment committee members must complete focused training in search strategies for excellence and diversity. We will develop and disseminate the Department of Surgery Recruitment Toolkit, a new procedural policy which will provide framework for faculty and leadership searches.
Identifying and recruiting faculty and residents from underrepresented groups is complex and multifaceted. We will partner with established academic organizations for opportunities to network and interact with members. These organizations include:
- Society for Black Academic Surgeons
- National Hispanic Medical Association
- National Medical Association
- Association of Women Surgeons
- Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative
Many focused academic groups have institutional memberships that will enhance our understanding, interactions, and access to build diverse candidate pools. The University of Michigan is an Institutional Member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Department of Surgery will host the 2023 meeting of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons in Ann Arbor.
There is a critical need to increase the pipeline of underrepresented groups in surgery as numbers of women and minority ethnic groups remain low in academic departments of surgery. A major issue to address includes work to develop the pipeline of high school, undergraduate, medical students, and trainees (Women in Surgery Program, Student National Medical Association).