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Equity & Inclusion

Our program is committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, supportive, and respectful learning environment that values all individuals through our aims of equity and anti-racism actions. We recognize that the diversity of our residents does not match the diversity of our patients and endeavor to actively recruit and support residents who identify as historically excluded and underrepresented in medicine (EUiM) in a culture that celebrates each person’s unique experiences and perspectives. The progress in our anti-racism plan below is in addition to ongoing efforts to support other historically EUiM residents such as those in the LGBTQI+ community.

Residency Program Anti-Racism Progress

Our residents and program have committed to an intentional anti-racist position with guidance from our Black residents, our institution’s Actions Speak Louder campaign, and the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester as well as in collaboration with Dr. Katherine Greenberg, Pediatric Vice Chair for Diversity and Culture Development. While we continue to push forward, this page includes highlights of our progress so far.

Culture, Curriculum, Support, Recruitment


  • Changed our program aims to outline an intentional anti-racist position
  • Feature artwork in our residency space created by and reflective of our community
  • Collaborate with, advocate for, and support larger departmental and institutional efforts including membership in service-based and departmental equity groups


  • Implemented and continue to refine a diversity equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused monthly noon conference series.
  • Guide faculty to incorporate health equity data in all noon conferences
  • Participate in our institution's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge in February
  • Train program leadership and residents in addressing microaggressions


  • Implemented the AAMC Holistic Review Process and account for bias in application materials
  • Strive for resident compositional diversity on par with or exceeding national pediatric resident diversity
  • Support URMC's Visiting Clerkship Program for EUiM students


  • Enable EUiM resident attendance, through proactive coverage, for the Association for Minority Residents and Fellows (AMRF) monthly MINDS meetings, promoting resilience and wellness
  • Launched an anonymous resident reporting system for concerning interactions in January 2023 to address concerns regarding perceived hostile actions
  • Fund a EUiM resident to attend SNMA's Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC)
  • Recognized as an affiliate of AMRF through our actions and commitment

About URMC: Anti-Racism Action Plan

The School of Medicine and Dentistry partnered with the University's Office of Equity and Inclusion to develop a comprehensive Medical Center Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. The plan includes specific recommendations from anti-racism advocacy groups and allies, commits to strategies and actions that strengthen institutional diversity, identifies leaders, measures progress and provides transparency through regular reporting.

Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D.


Adrienne L. Morgan, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine and Dentistry
VP for Equity and Inclusion and Richard Feldman Chief Diversity Officer, University of Rochester
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers.

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