Message From Our Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Raising the collective understanding of health equity by reading and learning together.
In 2020, amidst the pandemic, a national racial reckoning, and the medical community’s response to racism, the Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program took action to make our efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion more intentional and impactful.
We refined our mission and vision statements to truly reflect our belief that diversity enriches residents’ educational experience and helps foster medical professionals better equipped to meet the needs of all patients.
In my role as the Officer of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, we:
- Erected a fourth-year elective to encourage more medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about our program
- Built stronger connections with local pipeline programs and community organizations
- Strived to raise our collective understanding of health equity by reading and learning together through didactics and beyond
We invite you to come and see for yourself, what a commitment to anti-racism and health equity looks like at a residency program level.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to a culture in which every member of our residency feels a sense of inclusion and belonging, regardless of race, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, gender identity, ethnicity, or physical abilities.
We work to reverse the underrepresentation of historically excluded groups, understanding this is critical in achieving equitable health outcomes.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism and Health Equity
We openly acknowledge the role of structural forces of oppression as primary drivers of disparate health outcomes and are on a journey to:
- Implement intentional changes to our application review and interview process
- Assure all residents have the support they need to thrive
- Continue to raise the collective understanding of health equity, led by Cherise Hamblin, MD, our Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Professional Development Grand Rounds Lectures
Explore diversity and inclusion through our Grand Rounds recorded lectures.
“Advancing Racial Equity in Childbirth: Community-Based Doula Models Promote Trauma-Informed Care”
Naima Black, Program Director - Maternity Care Coalition
“Advancing Sexual Health Equity for Women of Color”
Crista E. Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG, IF