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Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting diversity and a culture of inclusion are extremely important to our residency program, department, and medical center.

Numerous initiatives are underway to continue improving our efforts to recruit and retain individuals from historically underrepresented groups. For example, all faculty in the Department of Medicine have completed implicit bias training as part of the “Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine” (BRIM) initiative; this is a multicenter study of hiring practices in Departments of Medicine led by investigators at the University of Wisconsin, of which the University of Rochester is a sponsoring site.

We have a number of active resident groups at the medical center, including the Association of Minority Resident and Fellows (AMRF) and the LGBTQIA Affinity Group. For more medical center resources, please see this link to our Office of Inclusion and Culture.

In addition, our internal medicine residency has included curricula aimed at helping residents respond to challenging patient scenarios, including acts of discrimination or microaggressions. This has included Theatre of the Oppressed sessions for residents and faculty. We have included training in critical incident debriefing and microaggressions in our curriculum for both residents and faculty. We also have an active Women in Medicine group that includes core women faculty in the Department of Medicine and is welcome to all residents.