Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in GME UC San Diego
The University of California’s Diversity Statement describes diversity as “the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences in culture and circumstances. These differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status and geographic region, and more.”
Jhe UC San Diego Office of Graduate Medical Education is committed to recruiting and retaining residents and fellows from diverse backgrounds, including those traditionally underrepresented in medicine. We believe this diversity enriches the educational experience of all trainees and provides unique benefits to our patients and their communities.
We have an active GME presence in training program directors and other faculty on many topics, including holistic review of trainee applications, support and retention, and understanding the biases implicit in training and recruitment. Our largest GME training program, Internal Medicine, hosts frequent UCSD-wide rounds of experts in various aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
We have an active GME EDI committee with the goal of improving networking among various interns and faculty across all UCSD training programs. The GME EDI Committee also sponsors Open Houses on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for applicants to UCSD’s residency and fellowship programs. Attendance at national meetings of medical students from diverse backgrounds is also a priority, we look forward to meeting students in person even before residency application season.
San Diego and the surrounding area served by UC San Diego is incredibly diverse. Data from the 2020 census shows that San Diego is the 8th most populous city in the United States, and minority communities make up the majority of residents. Over 80 different languages are spoken in San Diego, which includes large immigrant communities from over 160 countries.
Residents and fellows have the opportunity to participate in outreach to middle and high school students in San Diego interested in healthcare careers. There are also local mentorship opportunities for undergraduate and medical students through UCSD programs as well as SNMA, LMSA, LGBTQPham, and APAMSA.
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