Diversity Now: February 2024

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February 2024
Welcome to Diversity Now, AAIM’s quarterly newsletter dedicated to sharing the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion resources in academic internal medicine and beyond. 

February is Black History Month
Founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Black History Month started in February 1926 as Negro History Week and grew into Black History Month by 1976.

According to a 2022 AAMC report, 6.7% of active internal medicine physicians identified as Black or African American; of AAIM members who have shared their race or ethnicity, 5.9% indicated that they are Black or African American. 

In celebration of Black History Month, learn more about eight Black physician leaders and their impact on medicine from this AAMC article

Learning the Language of DEI

Looking for guidance on bias-free language and writing? The American Psychological Association (APA) has developed guidelines on language around age, disability, gender, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and more.

Building Trust through Diversity, Health Care Equity, Inclusion and Diagnostic Excellence in Internal Medicine Training

This joint grant program supports projects that will integrate DEI into the fabric of internal medicine education and training. Funding is designated to support inter-professional projects that are led by internal medicine residents and faculty focused on improving trust and advancing health equity in the health care system. Of this funding, $100,000 is specifically allocated for grants supporting projects designed to enhance diagnostic excellence and address disparities based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography, age, and disability. Submit a letter of intent by March 18.

Primary Care Toolkit Third Edition Download

The AAIM Primary Care Track Toolkit is a practical evidence-based resource for medical educators interested in starting or enhancing primary care tracks in their residency programs. New sections in this third edition include curricula on anti-racism, gender-affirming health care, health care of sexual and gender minorities, and more.

AAIM DEI Advisory Group Update

The Alliance continues its commitment to promoting and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a strategic imperative through the DEI Advisory Group. Chavon Onumah, MD, MPH, MEd, FACP, advisory group chair, presented a mid-term status report during the October 2023 AAIM Board of Directors Meeting. The report addressed preliminary recommendations in the areas of education, toolkits and resources, policies and procedures, and external collaborations. Final recommendations will be completed in summer 2024. View the advisory group's charge and roster.

Resources for SCOTUS Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions Resources

The Alliance has compiled publicly available information on the June 29, 2023, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision on race-conscious admissions for public and private colleges and universities.

Addressing LGBTQIA+ Health in Academic Medicine

In this AAMC webinar, speakers discuss the impact of discriminatory legislation on the health and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Experts then provide an analysis of the opportunities and strategies academic medicine can utilize to oppose harmful legislation and continue to be a national leader in advancing LGBTQ+ health equity. (AAMC login required)

Academic Internal Medicine Week 2024 - Early Bird Deadline!

Don’t miss out on the DEI content track at Academic Internal Medicine Week 2024. If you are interested in expanding your learning on minimizing bias and promoting equity and inclusion, join us at AIMW24. Register by February 28 to get the early bird rate and save $100! While at AIMW24, stop by the DEI Center in the exhibit hall to learn about AAIM’s DEI initiatives.