In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine celebrates our faculty, administrators, learners, and the patients they serve. AAIM is committed to supporting this important part of our community and ensuring that all members and staff feel welcome and included. A diverse body of students, faculty, and administrators in our member institutions provides better teaching and learning environments, and better care for patients. AAIM is proud to endorse the principles behind Hispanic Heritage Month as it strives to meaningfully address diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in medicine and in our society more broadly.
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed myriad healthcare disparities suffered by the Hispanic community, and has highlighted the tremendous amount of work that still needs to be done. This includes ensuring diversity at the medical education level (students, residents, and faculty), as well as finding ways to collaborate within the academic medicine community to improve access to high-quality health care for all.
To achieve this, the AAIM Board of Directors is committed to elevating DEI through initiatives outlined in the organization’s current strategic plan, providing resources and support to members through the AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, ensuring conference educational sessions provide DEI tools members can use, and staff dedicated to ensuring this work is executed.
AAIM encourages you to share feedback and ideas on how the organization can support the Hispanic community. Connect with your colleagues through the AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online discussion forum and the other member association forums.
The Alliance is Even Better Together.
L. James Nixon, MD, MHPE
Chair, AAIM Board of Directors
D. Craig Brater, MD
AAIM President and CEO
Bergitta E. Cotroneo, FACMPE
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and EVP