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Resident Education in Health Equity
We feel strongly that every pediatrician needs to have the knowledge and skills to recognize and start to dismantle structural inequities regardless of whether they work in community health or critical care. We have already been intentional about our efforts at education for social justice highlighted by our award-winning LAUnCH (Leadership in Advocacy, the Underserved and Community Health) Track. In addition, we feel strongly that we all need to continue to do more. To this end we have created the Building Equity Initiative, where we will challenge ourselves to be even more intentional about building a residency program with a culture of inclusivity in which residents are empowered to drive equitable outcomes for all children.
Our mission is to:
- Transform our residency program through integration of an equity framework in all aspects of training including education, research, advocacy, clinical care and resident well-being
- Train self-actualized future pediatric leaders equipped with antiracism knowledge, skills and attitudes to dismantle systemic inequities
- Advocate for inclusive policies that foster diversity, representation and cultural safety
- Promote community partnerships to ensure social accountability
This multi-year project has already begun with a focus on representation, inclusivity and safety of our residents from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, as well as weaving health equity throughout our core curriculum.