Our program is proud of training the best pediatric residents from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds. This enriches our learning environment and prepares our residents to meet the needs of a diverse patient population.

With a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, our goals are the following:

  • To support and celebrate residents of diverse backgrounds
  • To promote diversity in our program to better mirror our patient population
  • To equip residents with tools and opportunities to provide equitable and culturally-effective care

Pediatric Residency Initiatives

  • Residency Diversity Council that facilitates educational, social, and mentorship activities, discussions about diversity-related topics, and serves as resident-voice at institution-wide conversations 
  • Formal curricula in the following areas:
    • Advocacy: Two-week rotation that includes hands-on experience in an impoverished neighborhood to expose residents to local partners, its assets, and barriers; Monthly Advocacy lunch conference
    • Geomedicine Curriculum at the Pediatric Primary Care (PPC) Center: Goals of the curriculum are for residents to identify and utilize neighborhood-specific resources to curtail the impact of poverty for patients and families
    • Implicit Bias: Longitudinal curriculum that prompts residents to recognize the link between implicit bias and inequities in healthcare; During advocacy, adolescent, and developmental/behavioral pediatrics rotations
  • Advocacy Day trips to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to advocate at a local and state level for changes that impact child health and equal access to healthcare
  • “Second look” diversity dinners for residency program applicants
  • Robust Interpreter Services and an opportunity for providers proficient in a second language to become certified as an interpreter
  • TEAM Housestaff in which residents give educational talks to local elementary school students
  • Family Strong Dinners in which residents meet monthly with local families, interact with pregnant mothers, offer prenatal/ newborn counseling, and work towards building connections and relationships with residents of the community.
  • Advocacy-based research and community engagement opportunities