Diversity and Inclusion - University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Residency
Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to residents who embody academic excellence, diversity, humanism and grit.
We have the privilege of serving and valuing a diverse population within the broader community.
Implicit Bias Improvement Group
Our Internal Medicine Residency Program completes an annual self-assessment and identifies areas for further exploration and improvement. We set goals for these individual areas and create working groups comprised of faculty and residents.
As part of these efforts, we created the Implicit Bias Improvement Group under the mentorship of Associate Program Directors Bi Awosika M.D.
Our current global aims are to explore and mitigate implicit bias in training and care.
For prospective applicants to our program, we have partnered with the Minority Housestaff Association and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and have deep networking ties with key national student organizations whom support underrepresented minorities.
Recently we have included implicit bias training workshop for the core faculty members for the Internal Medicine Intern Selection Committee.
Our residency continues to build on an environment of unity, particularly evident during the heightened awareness highlighting long standing social injustices of the past few months. Members of the Implicit Bias Improvement Group led a recent residency-wide town hall dedicated towards standing up for social justice. Residents and faculty provided a listening ear and shared insights and sentiments regarding injustices while supporting each other.
Following this event, with the help of the organizations mentioned above, there was the creation of an educational resource hub listing key literature and videos, as well as opportunities for donation available for the larger community.
To continue to build on family, incoming PGY-1 residents who had identified as one of the members of an underrepresented minority group participated in a virtual “Check-In” connecting with leadership prior to their intern year as a way to meet each other and support any additional needs that may be present. Furthermore, during their intern year, URM housestaff participate alongside their colleagues within the larger PGY-1 class in the Coaching and Mentorship programs.
Continued longstanding goals for sustainable change include creating opportunities to participate in community outreach as well as educational initiatives on Implicit Bias within the inpatient and outpatient residency curriculum, including establishing recurring lectureships for the broader community.
Minority Housestaff Association
The mission of the multi-specialty group, the Minority Housestaff Association, is to create opportunities for the advancement of under-represented housestaff through mentorship, networking, professional development and community engagement, while promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion across the University of Cincinnati Health System.
The group creates community across specialties through life and social programming and support recruiting efforts for all UC residency programs.
Currently, the association’s Co-presidents are Dr. Sara Maples (Family & Community Medicine PGY-3) and Dr. Tony Casillas (Internal Medicine - Pediatrics PGY-4). The senior and junior faculty advisors are Drs. Nita Walker and Bi Awosika who both are within the Internal Medicine faculty. More information can be found on the Minority Housestaff Association facebook page.
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is committed to increasing the number of qualified underrepresented minority medical students, residents, and faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Prior to the pandemic, ODEI have held a Diversity Second Look Event every year to introduce applicants to UC’s diverse residents and faculty, as well as showcase our city and demonstrate the health disparities in Cincinnati.