At Mass General Brigham, diversity, inclusion and equity have always been a priority. We believe that delivering equitable care and eliminating disparities starts with acknowledging structural inequities that make populations vulnerable to disproportionate health outcomes. It also calls for us to consider our own biases as clinicians, colleagues and teachers and actively work against these biases. It also motivates us to recruit and retain talented physicians with diverse life experiences.
We have a very active Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee within our residency program that supports our department’s commitment to providing equitable care and creating an inclusive work environment. This committee is responsible for hosting events that support our colleagues who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) and promoting topics related to disparities and health equity within our didactic curriculum.
It also oversees the implementation of a Health Equity Proposal created by residents in the classes of 2021-2024. The Committee co-chairs meet without our residency program director, associate program directors, department chairs and faculty advisors on a monthly basis to hold our program accountable to these goals. The following is a list of the accomplishments of this committee since the start of the 2020-21 academic year:
- Created our second “Inequity Inbox”, an anonymous portal that allows anyone in our department to report incidences of bias or unequal care within our hospital system.
- Alongside the co-Chairs of our new Advocacy Curriculum, established a regularly occurring schedule of workshops and lectures on structural competency within our didactic time at both institutions.
- Planned our first virtual “Meet & Greet” for prospective applicants to speak informally with our URM residents about our experience in this program.
- Implemented “Health Equity Rounds”, a biannual, department-wide forum to discuss patient cases where structural inequities may have contributed to worse outcomes.
- Advocated for hiring Patient Navigators in our resident clinics.