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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

In our residency program, we believe that DEI is just the starting point.      

As anesthesiologists, we have a duty to ensure equitable health outcomes for ALL perioperative and pain patients.  This is regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomics, or any other differentiating factor."  - Daryl Smith, MD, Chief Diversity Officer, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine 

Latest Department News:

Drs. Glance and Smith published editorial "Do Anesthesiologists Have a Role in Promoting Equitable Health Care" in the September 2023 issue of Anesthesiology.  

"“[…] an important question to ask more broadly is whether greater access to health insurance will lead to better health outcomes and better health equity.”

Glance, L. G., Smith, D.I., Joynt Maddox, K. E. (2023). Do Anesthesiologists Have a Role in Promoting Equitable Health Care. Anesthesiology, 139(244–8). 

Drs. Glance, Eaton, Feng, Wu, and Wyrobek published "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery" in JAMA Open.  

“We’ve known for 35 years that historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups tend to have less access to cardiovascular procedures,” said lead study author Laurent G. Glance, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at URMC. “This study highlights the fact that even in 2022 if you’re not white, you don’t get the same therapies that white people do.”

Glance, L. G., Joynt Maddox, K. E., Mazzefi, M., Knight, P. W., Eaton, M. P., Feng, C., Kertai, M. D., Albernathy, J., Wu, I. Y., Wyrobek, J. A., Cevasco, M., Desai, N., & Dick, A. W. (2022). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. JAMA network open5(12), e2247968.

Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine has an active Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that is comprised of faculty, residents, CRNAs, and staff.  The mission of the committee is to:

DEI Committee

Resident Education

Within our residency program, we take a three-pronged approach with the goal of decreasing health care disparities here in Rochester, NY, and beyond:

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This academic year alone, our residents received six targeted education sessions surrounding the Social Determinants of Health, and the role of anesthesiologists in combating Health Care Disparities:

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These sessions were in addition to four Grand Rounds topics available to the entire department:

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Association of Minority Residents & Fellows 


Residents self-identifying as Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine (URiM) are invited to join the Association of Minority Residents & Fellows (AMRF).  Our program actively ensures residents are available to attend monthly meetings and events of AMRF. 

Currently, three of our residents hold leadership positions with AMRF:

Uzo Odoemena

Uzoamaka Odoemena, M.D.  


Jenn Riche

Jennifer Riché, M.D.
GME Liaison
Mentorship Chair


Shante White

Shanté White, M.D.
Public Relations Chair














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