Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity
“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.”
Rachel McCommon, MA.Ed.
UNITED Advisor and Creator
Zuri Hudson, MD
CMH Pediatrics Resident
Shanice Robinson, MD
UMKC Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident
Current 2020-2021 Membership
|Seenu Abraham, MD – UMKC Family Medicine Resident|
|Rebecca Aguayo, MD – UMKC Family Medicine Resident|
|Darius Blanding, MD – CMH Pediatrics Resident|
|Abigail Halleron, MD – UMKC Emergency Medicine Resident|
UMKC Pediatric Medicine Resident
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.
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.