The Emergency Medicine residency stands with both the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Truman Medical Center (TMC) in our commitment to supporting and expanding diversity, equity and inclusion within our community and our residency. Last year, a number of our faculty members and program leaders attended UMKC School of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Retreat with the goal of engaging in critical conversations regarding supporting our trainees and recruiting diverse applicants.
To work towards that goal, our residency didactics include teaching on diversity, equity and inclusion. Recent examples include lectures led by local university and hospital affiliate DEI leaders (hosted multiple throughout 2018-2019 AY) and case-based learning about racial bias and discrimination. We also implemented a scholarship program for underrepresented minority (URM) medical students that will be starting 2021 once it is safe to do so.
At UMKC SOM, there is a very active Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) led by Tyler K. Smith, MD, MPH. The UMKC SOM Office of DEI has instituted a regular newsletter highlighting important initiatives, providing faculty development, as well as resources for our learners. In June 2020, the Office of DEI began a series of student, trainee, faculty, and staff forums to facilitate dialogues necessary to support and promote a safe place for difficult discussions. The new Stay Woke Spotlight in the UMKC Office of DEI newsletter highlights students, residents, faculty and staff that make an impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the UMKC School of Medicine (SOM). Last year, the SOM created a system for online mistreatment reporting and recently linked QR codes to the form for posting in highly visible locations to facilitate its use. There is also a DEI committee where medical students and residents hold leadership roles. We currently have an EM resident serving on our TMC diversity, equity and inclusion committee. Additionally, TMC/UHP was just named the 2020 Champion of Diversity by the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce.
Our residency program and Department welcome all and does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against any member of our community on the basis of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, race/ethnicity, citizenship, relationship status, parental status or disability. We are continuously working on reducing barriers for URM in medicine learners, creating a safe and supportive learning environment, and recruiting and keeping a diverse group of residents and faculty.