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.
- We continue to incorporate bias and anti-racism training into our resident didactics, population health and community engagement curriculum, and faculty development.
Invited experts to do workshops and trainings on oppression and anti-racism.
Held a faculty workshop on anti-racism and how to be an upstander in 2021.
- Increased frequency of our racial affinity caucuses.
- We signed onto the Anti-Racist Medical Education Pledge.
- We have published peer-reviewed articles on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
- Several of our faculty also 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.