The internship leaders and faculty are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is inclusive, respectful of and sensitive to individual and cultural differences. This is true for not only our patients, but also our colleagues, staff and learners. The continuous development of cultural competence is a major part of the learning process for interns and faculty alike and is a thread that runs throughout didactic seminars, supervision, clinical practice and the way in which we interact with each other on a daily basis. We expect all interns to engage in healthy and productive conversations around all forms of diversity which include but are not limited to race, gender, ethnic background, cultural beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, age, social and economic status, size and physical and mental ability. We strongly encourage interns to speak with their supervisors or the internship program director with any concerns in regard to diversity and inclusion that occur during their internship year. We take these concerns very seriously and work hard to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all trainees. In addition, we have identified faculty of color and faculty who identify with the LGBTQ community within and outside the psychology internship who are willing to serve as mentors to discuss the intersection of professional development and diversity.
We are proud to announce that seven Geisinger hospitals earned designations in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index. Two locations, including Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., received the “Leader” designation, the highest possible, with five others receiving “Top Performer” honors.
Our program works closely with Diversity & Inclusion to ensure we are following best practices in the teaching and practice of culturally competent care. Please review Diversity & Inclusion’s webpage for additional information about Geisinger’s commitment to supporting diverse patients, members and learners.