Diverse voices among our faculty, trainees and staff promote cultural competency throughout the department, help us care for our patients, support research impacting underrepresented populations, and encourage our trainees and faculty to find ways to reduce health disparities. More importantly, it makes us better clinicians, educators, and investigators, and allows us to build meaningful bridges with our surrounding community.
The Department of Medicine will create an environment where everyone matters and all voices are equally heard.
The Wisconsin BRIM team, led by Dr. Molly Carnes, visited our campus Dec. 9-12, 2019 and facilitated the bias reduction workshops for DOM Group 1 divisions (Cardiology, Geriatrics, Renal, GIM, Hematology, Oncology, Pulmonary).
In the workshop we discussed how implicit bias functions as a habit, several manifestations of implicit bias, and strategies one can practice to break the bias habit. At the end of the workshop, participants wrote “commitments to action” based on the bias habit-reducing strategies covered. Due to COVID-19, workshops for the Group 2 divisions have been canceled and additional communications are forthcoming to reschedule. In light of this, the expectation for all divisions to have participated in BRIM by August 2020 will be adjusted as needed.
The Equity Oversight Committee and its Equity Oversight Committee Charter serves to ensure that all DOM committees are composed of a balanced representation that reflects the ethnic, racial, and gender balance of our campus, that there is transparency about this representation, and that committees whose members are not representative of our campus are helped to achieve such balance in a timely fashion.
The Equity and Inclusion Policy applies to all Department-level: