Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Statement:

The Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Emergency Medicine is committed to fostering leaders in clinical care, education, research, advocacy, and equity within pediatric emergency medicine. Central to this mission is recruiting and training a diverse group of fellows with varied backgrounds, experiences, interests, and perspectives, as these physicians represent the future of our field. We celebrate the diversity that exists on multiple dimensions within our current fellows and faculty, while striving to improve inclusion of individuals who may have experienced systemic barriers to advancement in medical training, including those who are underrepresented in medicine.

As frontline providers, we witness firsthand the inequities our patients face, particularly children from low-income families and children of color, and the potential physical and emotional harm these may cause. It is our calling as pediatric emergency medicine physicians to combat poverty and systemic racism and to strive for equity, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do.

We believe that diversity of fellows and faculty improves our work environment, expands our educational perspectives, promotes innovation and excellence, and improves the clinical care that we provide. We are committed to providing a safe environment in which all feel included and respected, and welcome feedback from applicants, students, residents, fellows, faculty, consultants, interprofessional colleagues and the patients and families we care for.

Current Efforts:

The Division of Emergency Medicine has taken numerous concrete steps to act on our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Fellows and faculty members have:

  • Regularly incorporated issues of social justice, equity, and racism into their weekly academic conferences
  • Published numerous health equity-focused academic articles
  • Collaborated with the Boston Children’s Hospital of Health Equity and Inclusion and Harvard Medical School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership
  • Begun development of a division-wide anti-racism strategic plan incorporating educational, clinical/QI, administrative, research, and recruitment components

Examples of Faculty Leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, FAAP (she/her/hers)

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, FAAP (he/him/his)

Amanda Stewart, MD, MPH, FAAP (she/her/hers)

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