The history of medicine is fraught with coercive and unconsented treatment of and experimentation on marginalized people including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), those with disabilities, incarcerated people, LGBTQ+ people, people living with mental illness, and others. The Division of Hospital Medicine IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy) Committee recognizes this history and the ongoing inequalities in health care and our work focuses on creating a more equitable healthcare system for our patients.
The IDEA Committee is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Division of Hospital Medicine and the broader University of Rochester Medical Center community. We are actively working to educate and train our division faculty, APPs (NPs/PAs), nurses, trainees, and staff to identify, interrupt, and debrief bias events in the workplace in order to affect cultural change. By creating a more inclusive and inviting workplace for our entire interdisciplinary team, we will be better equipped to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce to provide our best care to the greater Rochester community.
The IDEA Committee aims to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We value diversity as both a measure of excellence and a tool for creating a more inclusive workplace. By recognizing medicine’s fraught history, we aim to highlight the areas of bias, privilege, racism, and inequality that exist within medicine in order to provide more just and equitable care for our patients.