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Graduate Medical Education
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In support of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has announced ACGME Equity Matters, a new initiative that introduces a framework for continuous learning and process improvement in the areas of DEI and anti-racism practices. The initiative aims to drive change within graduate medical education (GME) by increasing physician workforce diversity and building safe and inclusive learning environments, while promoting health equity by addressing racial disparities in healthcare and overall population health. 

"Geisinger is committed to cultivating a culture of fostering diversity and inclusion across the organization. We recognize that our team is our most valuable asset and seek to promote an environment that is welcoming of persons of all races, ethnicities, religious beliefs, genders and sexual orientations. At Geisinger, we celebrate life experiences, authentic personal differences, knowledge, innovation and talent. Within Geisinger's Graduate Medical Education program, the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion along with our entire faculty will apply inclusive principles in all settings to advance the institution's efforts to create a welcoming and safe environment for all residents and fellows."

Per William A. McDade, MD, PhD, chief DEI officer, ACGME: “The ACGME Equity Matters program seeks to promote the necessary infrastructure in learning that will promote change in graduate medical education practices."

Geisinger will incorporate DEI training for our learners as well as faculty to implement and practice ACGME Equity Matters recommendations. We hope to recruit a diverse group of learners and cultivate a culture of inclusivity for both our learners as well as faculty.

GME will support and foster affinity groups and the house staff will have a platform to safely discuss matters related to diversity and inclusiveness in a psychologically safe environment.  This House Staff Diversity and Inclusion Council will be led by residents and fellows and mentored by the GME director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our goal is to ensure that our residents and fellows have a positive experience during their GME training at Geisinger.

Aliasgar Z. Chittalia, MD, MHA

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Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Geisinger Graduate Medical Education
Geisinger Physician Informaticist, Steele Institute for Health Innovations