Lofty goals and strategic plans are not enough to achieve and maintain a diverse workforce: An American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee conversation

Karen Brasel, Cherisse Berry, Brian H. Williams, Sharon M. Henry, Jeffrey Upperman, Michaela A. West

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Abstract

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ad Hoc Committee organized a luncheon symposium with a distinguished panel of experts to discuss how to ensure a diverse surgical workforce. The panelists discussed the current state of DEI efforts within surgical departments and societal demographic changes that inform and necessitate surgical workforce adaptations. Concrete recommendations included the following: obtain internal data, establish DEI committee, include bias training, review hiring and compensation practices, support the department members doing the DEI work, commit adequate funding, be intentional with DEI efforts, and develop and support alternate pathways for promotion and tenure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere000813
JournalTrauma Surgery and Acute Care Open
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 8 2021

Keywords

  • access
  • and evaluation
  • healthcare quality
  • race factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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