Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Enriching VUMCs diverse community is a top priority for our recruitment. See below for some of the recent initiatives on campus and in our program:
VUMC Day of Silence for Black Lives
Organized by a handful of resident leaders, including IM’s Gabe Sandoval (current IM PGY-3, future IM Chief Resident 2021-2022), this event on June 10th, 2020 led to 8 hours and 46 minutes of continuous kneeling by over 1,100 VUMC employees acknowledging police brutality and health disparities afflicting black Americans.
Health Equity Track
In Spring 2021, 11 IM residents will pilot the Health Equity elective. The elective will combine small group and community activities to help residents learn more about advocacy, the social determinants of health, and racism’s impact on patient care. A Health Equity track will be available starting in 2021-2022
Social Medicine Committee
The Social Medicine Committee is a group of residents devoted to humanism and social justice in medicine. The group chooses noontime speakers and coordinates an academic half day devoted to topics in social medicine, such as racism and homelessness.
Residents interested in serving diverse and uninsured patient populations can choose electives at a range of community clinic sites, including the medical-student free clinic, Shade Tree, and Siloam, a clinic serving undocumented immigrants.
MHAMA (Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Advancement)
This organization offers institutional mentorship and support for residents in under-represented minorities. Additionally, this group connects minority residents throughout the medical center for social and networking events numerous times throughout the academic year. Recent IM leadership involvement includes past President, Temini Ajayi (IM PGY-3).
Undergraduate and Medical Student Mentoring
Interested in mentoring undergraduate and college students from under-represented minorities? There are numerous opportunities to help mentor and support the next generation of diverse physicians. See below for a screenshot from a recent “virtual” event where residents offered tips to 4th year minority medical students from both Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College.
In addition, the Office of Diversity Affairs has sponsored residents traveling to the SNMA national conference each year – Check out our video that the IM program made for the Spring 2020 virtual conference!