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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Baylor University Medical Center, Graduate Medical Education (GME) is committed to advancing and passionately promoting a training environment where all feel welcomed and valued.
A culture of inclusion encourages innovation and is a catalyst for building dynamic teams that serve our communities.

GME Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council

The Graduate Medical Education Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council creates and Supports initiatives that help enhance diversity, equity and inclusion across GME programs. We strive to uphold an inclusive and supportive environment for all trainees, faculty, GME staff and the patients we care for.

The council is co-chaired by Dr. Lauren Fine and Nikie Sewell. Additional council members include the following faculty, residents and GME staff:

Strategic Emphasis

The Council's dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion across training programs includes three strategic concentrations:

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement Strategies

  • Identify best practices for retaining and advancing groups under-represented in medicine
  • Analyze department diversity compared to national data, assist in developing data-based goals for the future, and monitor progress toward goals
  • Implement projects and provide education for recruiting URIM applicants 

Equity In Medicine

  • Promote education on social determinants of health and health equity through GME curriculum
  • Investigate mechanisms through research, quality improvement and programs to promote equity within our GME community
  • Analyze profile data, policies, procedures and qualitative data to be used in determining primary needs of GME as related to diversity, equity and inclusion

Creating Culture of Inclusion

  • Provide education and understanding of our communities and issues they are confronted with
  • Promote a culture of inclusion in GME through planned activities
  • Provide DEI-specific Grand Rounds to our faculty
  • Implementation of Implicit Bias Playbook exercises for programs to use for their faculty

Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship Program for Visiting Students

In our commitment of strengthening diversity within our trainees, The Graduate Medical Education Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council has established the Underrepresented in Medicine (URIM) scholarship. This scholarship is for underrepresented medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in one of the following specialties:

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  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Scholarships of $1500 will be awarded annually for individuals to complete a rotation at Baylor University Medical Center from August through December. Multiple scholarships are available each year. For more information, please see our URIM (underrepresented in medicine) Scholarship application.

Baylor Scott & White Health current Initiatives and subcommittees

Baylor Scott & White Health healthcare system has 12 facility-based Diversity Councils. These councils are catalysts for driving organizational change and incorporating the ideas, creativity and opportunities brought forth by passionate team members who work within our facilities. Our local council at Baylor University Medical Center is composed of up to 30 interdisciplinary team members who broadly represent the demographics of the institution's service area and diversity of roles found at Baylor University Medical Center and on the broader Dallas Campus.

The current subcommittees and priorities include:

  • BUMC (Baylor University Medical Center) and Community Relations: Improve our outreach into the community we serve
  • BUMC Employee Advocacy/Engagement: Reduce racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious bias to influence employee retention and job satisfaction
  • BUMC Leadership Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitance Amongst Communities of Color: Work with communities to educate and answer questions about COVID-19 vaccination to improve vaccine uptake
  • Patient Advocacy/Engagement: Reduce how racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious bias influence health care delivery
  • BUMC Minority Physician/Advance Practice Providers: recruitment and retention advocacy group