At the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, in addition to believing in the values and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we know that is not enough to address the effects of oppression and racism faced by our colleagues, patients, and community. Though we have been on this journey for years, we have redoubled our efforts in striving to be an anti-racist organization. We are looking at ourselves, training our residents and faculty, and advocating with/on behalf of our community.
Here are a few of the tangible steps we have taken in the past few years:
- Founded by our faculty in 2017, residents continue to lead our Social Justice Working Group.
- Faculty, residents, and staff have joined our Department’s longitudinal Social Justice Book Club, led by one of our faculty members since 2020.
- We continue to incorporate bias and anti-racism training into our resident didactics, faculty development, and Population Health, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PHACE) curriculum.
- Over the years, we have invited experts to do workshops and trainings on oppression and anti-racism, including in 2018 and 2019.
- In 2021, we held a half-day faculty workshop on anti-racism and how to be an upstander.
- We hold racial affinity caucuses, led by our faculty, regularly during didactics. In recent years, we have increased their frequency to every-other-month.
- We signed onto the Anti-Racist Medical Education Pledge in 2020.
- Our faculty have published peer-reviewed articles on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
- Several of our faculty sit on local and national committees and working groups to move this work forward.
- One of our faculty serves as Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the Department of Family Medicine to help look at our policies and move this work forward.
- In 2022, we started joint faculty and resident BIPOC Dinners to help promote inclusion.
- In 2023, our Department of Family Medicine won the University of Colorado's President's Diversity Award, unit category, for their diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism program.