AAIM Statements on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

AAIM Statements on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

April 2021—In 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In this proclamation, President Carter spoke of the significant role Asian/Pacific Americans have played in the creation of a dynamic and pluralistic US society with their contributions to the sciences, arts, industry, government, and commerce. Eleven years later, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation that designated May as the first “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.”

Persons of Asian or Pacific Islander descent account for more than 19% of the entire internal medicine workforce, more than 20% of medical school faculty in departments of internal medicine, and more than 21% of all medical school applicants. AAIM celebrates and supports the important work of Asian and Pacific Islander faculty, administrators, and learners, and the positive impact they have on their institutions and the patients they serve. 

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March 2021—
The Alliance strongly condemns the recent violence in Atlanta, and all expressions of hate, discrimination, and racist sentiment against Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian-Americans. Building a more inclusive and equitable nation is a work in progress. The Alliance remains in solidarity with our Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian-American faculty, staff, learners, and the entire academic internal medicine community in support of the right to live free of racism and discrimination in professional and personal settings.

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February 2021—
The Alliance condemns racist and discriminatory behavior and policies. As the national consortium which represents more than 10,000 internal medicine physicians and administrators, AAIM promotes the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and has made DEI the focal point of the organization’s strategic plan. At the Alliance, we believe a diverse body of students, residents, faculty, and staff provides a better teaching, learning, and work environment, as well as high quality care for patients. The Alliance seeks to be supportive of its members, and find ways to partner with our member institutions to influence positive, systemic change in academic internal medicine.

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February 2021—
This February—and every month—the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine celebrates and supports the important work of African American faculty, administrators, and learners, and the positive impact they have on their institutions and the patients they serve.

AAIM encourages you to share feedback and ideas on how the organization can support the African American community and further its work to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. We invite you to connect with your colleagues through the AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online discussion forum and the other member association forums.

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November 2020—
AAIM is proud to endorse the principles behind Native American Heritage Month as it strives to meaningfully address diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in medicine and in our society more broadly.

The Alliance 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 relevant tools and resources, and staff dedicated to ensuring this work is executed.

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September 2020— 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.

June 2020—AAIM supports all LGBTQ+ faculty, administrators, learners, and patients, and their right to be treated equitably in all professional, personal, and health care environments.

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June 2020—AAIM expresses its horror and sadness in agreement with the rest of the world at the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. For our African-American colleagues, this is a predictable fact of life reflecting several hundred years of history of unchecked police power and judicial authority. We are witnessing a tragic failure of a democratic society wherein African-Americans are continually and systematically treated unfairly, with overt discrimination, and must fear for their very existence.

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