Developing an Inclusive and Varied Environment for Residents, Students, and Educators (DIVERSE) Taskforce.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine is committed to recruiting and supporting residents, fellows, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds that represent the diversity of our patients and community. The Department is additionally committed to ensuring an environment that is inclusive and imbues a sense of belonging for historically excluded people including racial, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities.

The Developing an Inclusive and Varied Environment for Residents, Students, and Educators (DIVERSE) Taskforce was established in January 2020 and is chaired by UNMC IM Residency Associate Program Director Dr. Jasmine Marcelin. The taskforce, which includes students, residents, and faculty, was established with a mission: “To transform our residency into one that reflects the diversity of our patient population and ensure that our residency provides an inclusive environment for residents to succeed”. 

We are committed to Developing an Inclusive and Varied Environment for Residents, Students and Educators. To achieve this, we will: SUB-COMMITTEES:
Our DIVERSE taskforce meets monthly, and subcommittees work on projects in between meetings. Despite COVID-19 hampering some of their activities, the DIVERSE Taskforce has been busy.
Selection committee reform  
  • Ensure an efficient, and reproducible system for equitable residency selection process
  • Increase UNMC IM residency presence at regional and national conferences
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
    • National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
    • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • Prepared proposal for visiting medical student scholarship program (Coming soon – pilot postponed due to COVID-19)
  • Assess inclusion/belongingness of current and former residents, and develop structural changes to address any themes discovered
  • Start and continue discussions about inclusion within our residency program
  • International Medical Graduate trainee group
Resource development  
  • Developed antiracism resource card (In production)
  • Regularly updating DEI resource web page (Coming soon!)
  • Curating DEI resources for Department of Medicine bimonthly newsletter
  • Plans to develop unconscious bias, structural determinants of health, and racism in healthcare curricula for residents and faculty (Coming soon!)
  • Reviewing residency websites and social media regularly to ensure content reflects goals, values, and guiding principles