Our DREAM program offers underrepresented groups early exposure to research opportunities, opening up a possible physician-scientist pathway for these students (as well as helping position them for competitive residency programs).
DOM faculty also lead other School of Medicine programs for students:
We also work to recruit students from a wide variety of backgrounds to our Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, and ensure that applicants meet with a diverse set of faculty members during their interview process. We offer an invitation-based Second Look program to help diverse applicants explore our program, campus and community in depth.
For current residents, we offer small-group coaching connecting residents with faculty members outside the residency program who can help navigate academic, clinical and cultural concerns, and links residents with community partners that deliver healthcare to under-served populations. This coaching is led by our Diversity Ambassadors, who are trained to lead meaningful conversations around issues of bias, equity, social justice, and inclusion.
In 2017, we will also pilot a coaching program for our fellows.
Our attending physicians, along with other faculty in the Department of Medicine, are receiving training to help increase awareness of the effects of unconscious bias. We are also working with University of Colorado Hospital and our affiliate clinical sites to develop best practices for addressing issues of bias within the clinical setting.
We are launching a Health Equities pathway, designed to provide targeted training to students who aspire to careers addressing issues of health disparities and community/public health.
Working with an expert in unconscious bias training, we’ve developed a half-day workshop designed to help our faculty understand the effects of unintended bias. This training program is being delivered to DOM leadership, as well as to other key faculty groups (see below for current session offerings). A one-hour workshop is also available to research groups, service lines or other groups within the DOM – contact Sonia Flores, PhD to request this short workshop, or if you are interested in participating in a half-day workshop.
We've established a committee focused on opportunities and career development for women and underrepresented groups, and have also committed to continuing our in-depth faculty salary analysis using AAMC benchmarks, and working with division leadership to address potential inequities in year-in-rank salaries across the department.
Our Strategic Initiative on Gender Equity was launched in 2016 to identify and jump-start initiatives to support gender equity at all levels throughout the department; this initiative is led by Margaret Wierman, MD, a professor in our Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes.