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Programs - Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion



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Group on Women in Medicine and Science (“GWIMS”): Funded through the Office of Faculty Affairs, GWIMS works to implement programs and sponsorships to advance the participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement. The Group serves as a resource for search committees, deans, and department chairs to promote faculty recruitment practices that are inclusive of women. GWIMS also provides guidance and strategies for department chairs and division heads to effectively motivate and promote the career advancement of their women faculty members. GWIMS members are available to serve as both a resource for and members of search committees.

SOM Wellness Committee: Funded through the Office of the Dean, the School of Medicine Wellness Committee is charged with (1) establishing an effective voice for faculty, resident, staff, and student wellness; (2) building resilience in residents and medical students; and (3) recognizing faculty wellness and well-being as an important driver in the overall health of the medical school. The School of Medicine Wellness Committee has undertaken several initiatives in recent years to meet these goals, including creating meditation/wellness spaces for use by the SOM community and proposing a Wellness Days policy for residents, which was approved and adopted by the Graduate Medical Education Committee in September 2020. The Committee's work is ongoing.

Leadership Development Initiative: The Initiative focuses on women and individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, and includes support for multiple initiatives for faculty (in addition to students, trainees and staff) to promote leadership skills, career growth, and expansion of professional networks.

Pathways to Promotions Program: The Promotions Program includes annual seminars, workshops, and one-on-one sessions for faculty who have not been promoted within the past five years, with a focus on women and  individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. The programming aims to provide clear and transparent information about the criteria for promotions in both tenure and non-tenure tracks. The Promotions Program also includes workshops for preparing curriculum vitae for promotion and talks with the Dean of the School of Medicine for faculty to discuss challenges, barriers, and solutions to advancing at the School of Medicine. Sessions are held on an School of Medicine-wide basis, but also are tailored to certain departments or programs upon request. In 2020, these sessions were shifted to a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar: The School of Medicine provides financial support for faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar. This three-day program brings together junior faculty from across the United States and provides participants with real-world guidance and tools for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine. The seminar helps participants develop key professional competencies that build skills in grant writing and communications, while expanding their network of colleagues and role models. Since 2014, the School of Medicine has made faculty aware of various AAMC seminars on topics related to diversity/URiM faculty development/minority faculty leadership and, upon request and funding availability, has funded registration and/or other associated costs to facilitate participation. Each year, in addition to other methods of communication regarding the program, the OFA sends a link with AAMC’s registration details about the AAMC Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar to all faculty within the School of Medicine.