Diversity, inclusion, and health equity
White Coats for Black Lives Event organized by Meme Tran, EM PGY-2 resident, where hundreds of doctors, residents, medical students, nurses, hospital staff, and other healthcare workers gathered together to stand up against racism and acknowledge it as a public health crisis in our country. Dr. Eric Dickson (CEO of UMass Memorial Health, Emergency Medicine trained and board-certified attending, 3rd picture to the right) stands in solidarity against racism and is actively working with health professionals and administration at UMass to promote diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, and health equity.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The UMass Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to ensuring that our residents and faculty meet the needs of our diverse patient population. We celebrate the diverse patient population including various ethnic and racial backgrounds, socioeconomic standing, immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability.
We acknowledge the importance of increasing diversity within emergency medicine to better serve community members with a wide range of social determinants of health. Minority candidate applicants who are underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply to our program to help better serve our diverse community.
Do you identify as an underrepresented applicant in emergency medicine? Here is some guidance to help URIM applicants overcome some of the challenges: https://cordemblog.com/2018/12/06/the-underrepresented-applicant-emergency-medicine-applying-guide/
Women in Medicine:
Smart Women in Medicine (SWiM) was created in 2017 as a space for residents and faculty to talk about leadership qualities, women in leadership roles, potential barriers, struggles and triumphs. SWiM meets once every few months to discuss the challenging, yet rewarding roles that female physicians have in Emergency Medicine. During pre-Covid times, residents and attendings would take turns hosting the SWiM meetings at their homes and would often have a pot-luck style dinner with plenty of desserts. Presently, SWiM meetings are held virtually on Zoom and hosted by residents.
There is increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 in the United States (CDC). In order to slow down the spread of coronavirus, UMass Memorial Healthcare System has teamed up with the City of Worcester to provide free weekly Covid-19 testing for community members. Emergency medicine attendings, residents, WEMS paramedics, and medical students continue to volunteer to test local community members at various testing sites in Worcester each week.
Health Equity Division
The Health Equity Division is focused on reducing healthcare disparities and promoting health equity. Our faculty are actively involved in multiple projects both domestically and internationally aimed at reducing health inequity in our communities. As a division, we strive to use our academic emergency medicine platforms as a means to change and improve healthcare to meet the evolving needs of patients we serve. To learn more, visit: https://www.umassmed.edu/emed/divisions/intem/