“Diversity and Inclusion are core values at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Our vision is to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms our approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships.”
-Office for Inclusion and Culture Development, URMC
The Department of Neurology ascribes to the values of the University and Medical Center. To provide strategic vision and leadership, the Department of Neurology has instituted a Diversity Council that meets quarterly to work on initiatives aimed at addressing issues related to diversity and inclusion in the field of Neurology, ensuring equitable treatment of all people, and creating a culture that intentionally includes all voices.
Key Department Initiatives
A culture of mentorship and leadership training.
- Programs exist to address potential “under-mentoring” of women and those historically underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) through local and national mentorship and leadership programs for residents and faculty.
- Dr. Colleen Tomcik is a fellow in the AAMC Leadership Education and Development program, and is examining and addressing issues to enhance the recruitment and retention of individuals from diverse backgrounds within our Neurology training programs.
- Several of our faculty, including Dr. Robert Holloway (Department Chairman), Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz (Program Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program), and Dr. Nimish Mohile (Associate Chair of Faculty Development) serve as mentors in the AAN Diversity Leadership program.
- Our residents can partake in several unique global neurology elective opportunities in Europe and Africa during their training, widening their exposure to neurological diseases and neuroscience education in other parts of the world.
IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Antiracism and Social Justice)
The Neurology Diversity Council has overseen a number of working groups to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the department. In May 2020, in response to the impact of COVID-19 on patients of color and in response to racial strife in our country and in Rochester, we expanded the scope of the council. We renamed it the IDEAS Council and specifically sought to incorporate principles of social justice and antiracism into departmental missions. IDEAS meets monthly and is open to all members of the department, which currently has representation from faculty, staff, nursing, trainees, advanced practice providers and clinical research coordinators. The meeting is a forum to discuss challenges, opportunities, develop initiatives and to attempt to work towards creative problem solutions. The IDEAS Council currently helps coordinate the work of the following working groups:
- Gender Disparities Working Group
- Pipeline Working Group
- Diversity in Training Programs
- Diversity in Research
- Community, Culture and Belonging
- Anti-racism Working Group
If you have questions, comments or are interested in participating in any way, please contact the co-chairs of the IDEAS Council: Chennel Anderson, or Nimish Mohile.
IDEAS December 2020 Newsletter
An ongoing dialogue regarding inclusion, diversity and equity
- We engage in continuous discussions on implicit bias, microaggressions, bystander interventions, diversity and inclusion in academia.
- Several members of our faculty, including Dr. Robert Holloway, and Dr. Colleen Tomcik (Associate Director of the Adult Neurology Residency Program), are ally members of the Out & Ally list at URMC.
- We organize a Neurology contingent to march annually in the Rochester Pride Parade.
Developing a diverse pipeline for Neurology
- Our faculty mentor women and underrepresented students at each level of their education.
- Dr. Robert Thompson Stone (Program Director, Child Neurology Residency Program and Third-year Neurology Clerkship Director), as recipient of the University Inclusive Climate Leadership Fellowship, created the UR PreDoc Program, a longitudinal program to promote exposure and interest in academic medicine for high school and college-level students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in medicine.
We invite you to visit the following websites for more information about these topics here at the University of Rochester and beyond:
University of Rochester
American Academy of Neurology