Trainees (Residents and Fellows)

School of Medicine Multicultural Affairs

U.N.I.T.E.D.

Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity

Mission Statement

“We are a trainee advisory group that aims to foster and develop relationships across specialties, as well as advocate for diversity among all UMKC and CMH residency and fellowship programs. Through planning and hosting social events and educational workshops, we aim to bring people from all backgrounds together, to inspire collaboration and support the exchange of ideas on how to make UMKC a more diverse, welcoming, and inclusive workspace for all.”
Welcome to our New Members for our 2021-2022 Academic Year 
Register Here
(1-2 representative openings per program)

Leadership Team

Raquel McCommon, M.A.Ed.

UNITED Advisor and Creator

mccommonr@umkc.edu

Zuri Hudson, MD

CMH Pediatrics Resident

Shanice Robinson, MD

UMKC Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident

Johana Mejias-Beck, MD

UMKC Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Chief Resident

Sara Anderson, MD, MPH

UMKC Psychiatry  & Arts and Medicine Resident

Current 2021-2022 Membership

Rebecca Aguayo, MD

UMKC Family Medicine Resident

Hanae Benchbani, MD

UMKC Pathology Resident

 

Cornita Cannon, MD

UMKC Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident

 

Bianca Cherestal, MD

CMH Pediatric Cardiology Fellow

Ana Cortez, MD

CMH Pediatric Nephrology Fellow

 

Jessica Darusz, MD

UMKC Neurology Resident

 

Allison Drummond, MD

UMKC Ophthalmology Resident

Marwa Elsayed, MD

UMKC Internal Medicine Resident

Hannah Ho, MD

CMH Pediatrics Resident

 

Hiba Ibad, MD

UMKC Orthopedic Surgery Resident

 

Phil Jurasinski, DO, MPH, MSN

UMKC Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Resident

 

Andrew Lupo, MD

CMH Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

 

Clinton Nelson, MD

UMKC Emergency Medicine Resident

 

Rachel Oldfather, MD

UMKC Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Resident

 

Sindhuja Palle, MD

UMKC Internal Medicine Resident

 

Anik Patel, MD

CMH Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow

 

Sha’Ray Shaw, MD

UMKC Neurology Resident

 

Mollie Walton, MD

CMH Pediatric Cardiology Fellow

 

Xiaofeng (Jasmine) Yan, MD, PhD

UMKC Psychiatry Resident

 

“Being a part of UNITED has shown me that UMKC really values diversity and through the support of its administration, we can make a sustainable change to our program. This has been very gratifying.”
“The UNITED community has given me a sense of pride, a family within residency outside of my program; it has given me courage, a voice and refuge to speak my mind and share ideas and advocate!”

Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity (UNITED) is a residency and fellowship advisory group founded in 2019 from the spirit and need of residents and fellows across the Hospital Hill campus who recognized the need for creating safe spaces to develop community and build relationships among under-represented in medicine (UIM) physicians.  UIM physicians are not limited to racial and ethnic identities, but also include those identifying as LGBTQIA+, numerous religious faiths and beliefs, diverse geographical locations, and varying ability levels.

The goal is to develop and foster relationships across medical specialties while advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion among residency and fellowship programs. Through social events and educational workshops, we aim to bring together people from different backgrounds to inspire collaboration and support the exchange of ideas on how to make our graduate medical education programs more diverse, welcoming, and inclusive workspaces for all.  Training programs affiliated with UMKC School of Medicine are different, but all strive to create a learning environment that prepares physicians to care for a global community of patients.

“This [UNITED] provides a way to connect with our colleagues that are simply across the street.”

UNITED provides a platform bringing residents and fellows together in the exchange of ideas to diversify their respective training program.  UNITED gives trainees a safe space outside of clinical responsibilities to harness their passion for advocacy, community engagement, and providing excellent medical care to patients while serving as ambassadors of their respective UMKC School of Medicine training program.  Group members strive to improve the health of patients and Greater Kansas City communities through education about health care disparities and social determinants of health while increasing awareness about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“It [UNITED] has made me feel less alone, knowing that there are other people who are committed to this and understand the challenges that come with being a minority trainee.”

 

Strategic Plan Roadmap

Key Time Periods and Action Items

The SOM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion developed a number of action items to implement a three-year Diversity Strategic Plan. In aligning with the SOM Strategic Plan and UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan, this plan will extend for two years to meet the SOM Strategic Plan timeline with additional action items included secondary to continued diversity, equity, and inclusion needs. The initial 31 action items were developed to improve the living, learning, and working environment of faculty, staff, residents, students and especially those in underrepresented and resource limited communities. This is a living document that will continue to grow and evolve over time.


Status Key:
  Completed   On time   Timeline shifted/In Progress   Project restructured

Year 1: Spring 2018 to Summer 2019
Dimension 1: Representation, Access & Success

Spring 2018 start Hispanic/Latinx student group. Completed


Summer 2018 develop and implement a SOM mentoring program to support URM students and residents. Completed


Summer 2018 start a Diversity Graduate Program Welcome. Completed


Summer 2018 develop and implement a Building Our Own Career Advancement Program where URM faculty, staff, and residents meet for professional development, networking, sense of belonging, and securing leadership and professional opportunities at UMKC SOM or affiliates. Completed


Summer 2018 create a collaborative group with affiliates to share, develop, and implement strategies that include unconscious bias and cultural sensitivity training with leaders and search teams to recruit and retain URM faculty and residents. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Summer 2019 increase the number of qualified, competitive URM applicants to the 6 year BA/MD program, MD program, and SOM grad programs by 10% annually. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Dimension 2: Climate & Campus Environment

Summer 2018 create and implement a group to develop strategies to report mistreatment incidents so data can be tracked and issues addressed. Completed


Fall 2018 identify, review and assess data that impacts underrepresented faculty, staff, resident, and student working and learning environments, their sense of belonging, and success. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2018 develop and implement a plan to address concerns on the AAMC faculty survey and any staff surveys regarding perceptions of institutional climate. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2018 develop and implement a plan to address concerns in the AAMC graduate questionnaire and student survey regarding perceptions of institutional climate. Completed

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Dimension 3: Responsive Teaching, Research & Learning

Summer 2018 develop proposal to implement cultural competency into the curriculum. Completed


Summer 2018 Diversity Council suggests books related to social justice to increase Dr. Cattaneo’s Yr1 students’ learning about diversity & inclusion. Completed

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Dimension 4: UMKC & the Urban Community

Fall 2018 identify and report the number of activities the SOM has across departments with URM communities (i.e., Poverty Simulation). Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2018 quantify the human and financial capacity provided to URM communities. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Spring 2019 develop a plan to identify and increase SOM department community engagement where there is a lock of involvement with URM communities. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Dimension 5: Institutional Infrastructure

Summer 2018 apply for HEED award. Completed


Summer 2018 develop strategy to strengthen collaboration with Diversity Office affiliates to enhance diversity recruitment and retention, professional development, and issues related to mistreatment. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Summer 2018 update diversity webpage. Completed


Summer 2018 develop a template to support and hold SOM departments accountable for the implementation of D&I action items. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2018 develop and implement a ODI mini symposium with SOM administrators to support their leadership with understanding D&I strategic initiatives, celebrate strengths, discuss opportunities, and address gaps. Completed


Fall 2018 provide an annual report that highlights D&I strengths and successes across the SOM by UMKC D&I Dimensions. Completed

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Year 2: Fall 2019 to Summer 2020
Dimension 1: Representation, Access & Success

Fall 2019 create a toolkit for success to support UR faculty, resident, and staff experiences in work and learning environments. Project restructured


Fall 2019 develop a database to identify, outreach, and build relationships to recruit URM faculty and residents to UMKC SOM. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Dimension 2: Climate & Campus Environment
Dimension 3: Responsive Teaching, Research & Learning

Fall 2019 develop and implement a plan to provide equity, diversity and inclusion training to 100% of faculty, residents, and staff over 3 years: all new individuals and 33% of individuals Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2019 develop and implement a plan to provide a cultural competency and cultural appropriate care course to 100% of students over 3 years: all new students complete and 33% of students Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. Completed


Summer 2020 the SOM Diversity Council will evaluate and summarize responses from Annual Student Feedback Questionnaire and the content of the curriculum for cultural competency and cultural appropriate care learning objectives, using TACCT or another relevant tool. Completed

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Dimension 4: UMKC & the Urban Community

Fall 2019 identify and report the number of activities the SOM has across departments with URM communities (i.e., Poverty Simulation). Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2019 quantify the human financial capacity provided to URM communities. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Dimension 5: Institutional Infrastructure

Fall 2019 develop and implement a plan to increase D&I funding to support office needs and scholarships for students. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Year 3: Fall 2020 to Summer 2021
Dimension 1: Respresentation, Access & Success
Dimension 2: Climate & Campus Environment
Dimension 3: Responsive Teaching, Research & Learning
Dimension 4: UMKC & the Urban Community

Fall 2020 identify and report the number of activities the SOM has across departments with URM communities (i.e., Poverty Simulation). Timeline shifted/In Progress


Fall 2020 quantify the human and financial capacity provided to URM communities. Timeline shifted/In Progress

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Dimension 5: Institutional Infrastructure

Resources

UMKC School of Medicine

UMKC Resources

State & National Resources

Contact Us

Who we are & Where we are

Tyler Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
816-235-1780
Email: smithtk@umkc.edu 
Office: M1-109 Medical School

Doris Agwu, M.P.H.
Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Email: doris.c.agwu@umkc.edu

Diana Dark, M.D.
Associate Dean for the Learning Environment
816-932-3408
Email: ddark@saintlukeskc.org

UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

STAHR LEADERSHIP – Ambassadors and Scholars

STAHR Director
Scott Guerrero / 816-235-1813 | guerreros@umkc.edu

STAHR Manager
Tamica L. Lige / 816-235-6169 | liget@umkc.edu

STAHR Coordinator
Madi Smith / 816-235-1813 / madisonsmith@umkc.edu

Summer Scholars Program
Zumi Urueta / 816-235-1954 / uruetaz@umkc.edu

SMART Liaison for the School of Medicine
Raquel McCommon / 816-235-6251 / mccommonr@umkc.edu

Faculty Recruitment

UMKC School of Medicine recognizes that a diverse faculty is important to providing medical education that addresses the effective delivery of healthcare in diverse communities. We also understand that leadership, faculty members and search committees benefit from helpful tools and information to assist in the recruitment and selection process. We invite you to access the following resources:

 

What You Don’t Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that unconscious bias may influence the evaluation and selection of candidates from entry-level to leadership positions in all types of organizations, including medical schools and teaching hospitals. This presentation, created for academic medicine audiences, is designed to acquaint search committees and others with this research as one step toward mitigating the effects of unconscious bias.

To learn more about unconscious bias and how it impacts search processes, access the AAMC-sponsored webinar, entitled “What You Don’t Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process”.

 

Take the Implicit Bias Test

Unconscious Bias Bibliography

Cultural Competency

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Background of Cultural Competency
  • In the next 30-50 years, 50% of the population of the United States will consist of “minority groups”.
  • Understanding different backgrounds is a necessity to deliver good quality health care.
  • Understanding our own prejudices, preferences, attitudes and behaviors will help us improve our practice and access to care.
Mission of Faculty Development

This site is designed to aid physicians, medical students, nursing and ancillary staff to assess their own cultural competency and to understand related concepts. Our aim is provide easy tools to enhance cultural competency in the School of Medicine so that the care we provide to our diverse patient population is exemplary and in keeping with the changes in our society.

It is also designed as a tool for faculty development in this area and an easy way to teach culturally competent care to our residents, fellow, students etc.

We will be updating this site with recent articles, conferences and updates related to the field.

Core Issues of Cultural Competency

Faculty and students need to have an understanding of racial and ethic disparities that affect healthcare quality and effectiveness. They need to be aware of their personal bias that might affect their delivery of healthcare in a diverse patient population. Faculty and learners need to be able to develop an understanding of various religious beliefs, social, economic and ethnic backgrounds and the way in which these groups perceive ailments, seek care and respond to various healthcare systems. They need to be aware of the mistrust and prejudice, gender, spiritual and religious issues along with family dynamics that might come into play interacting with patients from different backgrounds and be able to use available tools to overcome them.

The AAMC recommends using TACCT (Tool for Assessing Cultural Competency Training) as a self-assessment tool to examine all components of cultural competency. It helps us in meeting the LCME requirements also.

“Effective teaching about cultural competence requires a solid knowledge base, which can be developed in lectures, assignments, and small group activities. Skill building is most effectively accomplished in interactive, experiential learning settings. Exploring attitudes and developing effective communication strategies require an opportunity for reflection and discussion. The information from the TACCT Specific Components grid can form the basis for a strategic plan to modify and/or enhance the curriculum to assure that medical students receive an appropriate educational experience.”

– Adapted from AAMC.org/meded/tacct

CLAS Standards

Stands for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. The National standards were set by the office of minority health in 2000. CLAS standards focus on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and improving health for all Americans. All staff members of health care institutions need to deliver effective, understandable and respectful care compatible with cultural beliefs, practices and preferred language of the population that they serve. Institutions must try to recruit, retain and promote a diverse staff at all levels of the organization. Institutions must also ensure ongoing education and training in CLAS delivery is provided to staff. The themes of CLAS standards are:

  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Language Access Services
  • Organizational Supports

 

Current & Classic Resources

This section will highlight recent and classic resources in the cultural competency and health disparities. Each month there will be annotated references of journal articles, books, and electronic resources which highlight the strengths and applications of the resource for teaching and learning. The resources may include content material, curriculum or instructional development material.

If you would like to contribute an annotated resource contact:

Doris C. Agwu, MPH.

Schedule & Events

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Awards for Excellence

The annual awards for Excellence in Diversity and Health Equity in Medicine will be given in the following categories: (1) student or student organization, and (2) faculty, staff, resident and/or organization/department.

We are seeking nominees who have made consistent contributions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency or health equity in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruiting and/or retaining a diverse student or faculty body
  • Facilitating an inclusive environment of success for all
  • Working to promote health equity and the elimination of health disparities
  • Strengthening efforts to develop or implement cultural competency strategies that improve healthcare delivery

Click here to download detailed information about the award nomination materials and process. The deadline for nomination materials is currently TBD.

Please take the time to nominate a valued colleague, student or organization that is worthy of this award. Nomination materials should be sent to the attention of Tyler Smith:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108-2792
(816) 235-1780 (work)
(816) 235-5277 (fax)

Diversity Council Committees

 Education Committee

A standing committee charged with the development and implementation of workshops, seminars, and other programs directed towards the professional enhancement and personal development of the faculty, staff and students of The School of Medicine, Graduate Medical education (GME) its affiliate partners and the community.

Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention Committee

A standing committee charged with developing policy and recommending processes that improve the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff who are underrepresented at the School of Medicine. This will include a review of relevant data and outcomes, and the identification of initiatives that enhance the institutional climate and to support the development of underrepresented faculty and staff.

Student Success and Retention

A standing committee charged with monitoring student success data, trends and outcomes, and reviewing and recommending strategies that facilitates success for BA-MD, MD-only, transfer, re-admitted and OS/MD students.