The Tulane University School of Medicine Cardiology Department along with their fellowship programs in Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion improves the quality of education for our fellows and helps ensure better care for our patients. Training in an environment that emphasizes diversity in terms of race, gender, religious belief, national origin, ethnicity, age, ability, and sexual orientation, improves the sense of community within the program and reduces discrimination in the workplace for our fellows. Diversity in training also helps our young physicians empathize with and better treat patients of diverse backgrounds, because they gain a better understanding of the influence of sociodemographic factors on the practice of medicine.
We believe that improving diversity will help our fellows feel comfortable treating patients of any background and improve patient trust in the patient-physician relationship. Finally, we hope efforts to improve diversity in our program will help encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter the field of medicine.