University of Nebraska Medical Center

Case Statement

The goal of the DIVERSE Taskforce is to ensure that the UNMC Internal Medicine residency program reflects the diversity of our patient population and that our residency provides an inclusive environment for underrepresented/historically excluded residents to succeed.

Underrepresented/historically excluded groups include racial and ethnic minorities, first generation college graduates, LGBTQ+ applicants, applicants with disabilities, and applicants that come from a lower socioeconomic status.

Our mission statement is inspired by published data demonstrating that:

Teams comprised of individuals with varying perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds outperform groups of like-minded experts (1)

Patients report high levels of trust and satisfaction when their physician is of their same race (2)

Underrepresented minority (URM) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) physicians are more likely to be involved in practice, research, education, scholarship, service, and mentorship activities aligned with their identity (3-5)

DIVERSE will lead by example in the following ways:

Using a data-driven approach to assess and track diversity and inclusion in the residency program

Engaging with local community organizations to improve recruitment pipeline of underrepresented individuals

Identify and pursue opportunities to recruit underrepresented groups in medicine

Developing an ongoing structural determinants of health/unconscious bias educational program for residents and faculty



1.Page, SE. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies (New Edition). Princeton University Press, 2007. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7sp9c. Accessed 11 Mar. 2020. 

2.Laveist TA, Nuru-Jeter A. Is doctor-patient race concordance associated with greater satisfaction with care? J Health Soc Behav. 2002 Sep;43(3):296-306. 

3.Nivet MA. Minorities in academic medicine: review of the literature. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Apr;51(4 Suppl):53S-8S. 

4.Sanchez JP, Poll-Hunter N, Stern N, Garcia AN, Brewster C. Balancing Two Cultures: American Indian/Alaska Native Medical Students' Perceptions of Academic Medicine Careers. J Community Health. 2016 Aug;41(4):871-80. 

5.Sanchez NF, Rankin S, Callahan E, Ng H, Holaday L, McIntosh K, et al. LGBT Trainee and Health Professional Perspectives on Academic Careers--Facilitators and Challenges. LGBT Health. 2015 Dec;2(4):346-56.