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Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Colorado School of Medicine along with the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics offer residents, students, and clinicians several opportunities to get involved in efforts to address topics related to diversity and inclusion both on and off the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Our Med-Peds program is committed to creating a residency program that promotes diversity and addresses the important topics related to bias and discrimination in medicine.

Many of our residents and alumni including, Helena Villalobos, Erika Becerra-Ashby, Carolina Gutierrez, and Claudia Douglas are active in both departments. 

These are some of the ways our program is working towards creating a more diverse and inclusive environment:

  • Our program has incorporated a Race in Medicine curriculum created by our own Dr. Claudia Douglas in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Goldberg (Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine/Center for bioethics and humanities for the University of Colorado).  
  • Our faculty and residents participate in upstander training during academic half days. 
  • Our residents have participated in several Black Lives Matter community events including #irunwithAhmaud and Whitecoats for Black Lives campus-wide demonstration to remember George Floyd 
  • and others before him whose lives were shortened due to social injustices. 
  • Denver Health is a LGBTQ Center of Excellence. Throughout the year we also offer residents and faculty additional trainings related to transgender health care during our academic half days. 
  • Our program funds residents to attend the annual national Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) conferences. 
  • Our residents are active participants in the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC), Minority and Allied Resident Council (MARC), and University of Colorado Organization for Racial and Ethnic Support (UCOLORES).
  • Our residents are mentors for the Denver Health’s pipeline program Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s First Up program for first generation students..
  • Along with our advocacy committee, we have led several initiatives to help our continuity clinic’s underserved community including: Annual Back to School Drive, Produce Prescription Program, Adopt a Refugee Family for Christmas event. 
  • Our program participates in the University of Colorado’s Diversity Second Look Event and Toast to Diversity Gala in collaboration with the University of Colorado School for Medicine.  

Please visit the following links to learn about diversity and inclusion efforts in the Department of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics, and The University of Colorado School of Medicine