Department of Emergency Medicine Diversity & Inclusion
The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone is committed to nurturing diversity and inclusion in its vibrant community of residents, faculty, and staff. Our unique perspectives and contributions are the foundation and drivers of our excellence and leadership in emergency medicine.
We celebrate the multiple dimensions of diversity that members of our community offer, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, national origin, geographic background, immigration status, ability or disability, religious beliefs, and age.
We prioritize diversity and inclusion in resident and faculty recruitment, retention, and promotion. We continuously monitor these efforts to ensure that the outcomes bring our department closer to reflecting the diversity found in our patients and communities.
Likewise, we are proud to practice medicine in a dynamic city that has for centuries welcomed diverse communities of individuals searching for a better way of life. We are committed to respecting all members of our community of patients and ensuring that each person feels valued and supported.
Initiatives for Women
In January 2017, the Department of Emergency Medicine launched WOMEN@NYUEM. This group focuses on bringing female faculty, residents, and advanced practice providers together to promote advocacy, community involvement, and educational and social initiatives.
Since its inception, WOMEN@NYUEM has sponsored 12 events, including a wellness and meditation engagement event; feedback sessions regarding attending schedules; quarterly happy hours; and public school outreach, including an educational night for schools in New York City and a girls’ health and facts night at P.S. 20 in Lower Manhattan. We also provided funding for conference participation and hosted a faculty and alumni event at the American College of Emergency Physicians’ 2018 annual meeting.
Initiatives for Medical Students
The Emergency Medicine Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine is a five-week immersive experience for rising second-year medical students from across the country. The goal of this summer program is to increase diversity within the field of emergency medicine by providing interested medical students with in-depth exposure to emergency medicine early in their medical school education. Selected fellows are provided with travel funding, a stipend, and NYU housing for the full five weeks of the program.
Fellows are paired with a faculty mentor whom they shadow during various shifts; they are also paired with a resident “sibling.” Fellows explore the field of emergency medicine by actively participating in procedure workshops, simulation sessions, social medicine initiatives, ultrasound workshops, resident conferences, journal club, toxicology rounds, a wilderness medicine camping trip, and lectures given by our faculty and residents. Students are exposed to tremendous diversity in clinical pathology and patient populations by rotating through NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
Initiatives for the LGBTQ+ Community
Our department is proud of our inclusiveness. Our LGBTQ+ residents host an annual social for LGBTQ+ candidates who have interviewed with our residency program, giving applicants a chance to network with residents while providing them with a safe platform to discuss our program with residents from their community. We also plan residency outings for NYC Pride weekend, which takes place every June.
Initiatives for Residents
The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to recruiting a diverse house staff to enrich the education of our residents and deliver the best possible care to our patient population. We prioritize diversity and inclusion in recruitment and retention of our residents and lead an abundance of recruitment efforts in collaboration with NYU Langone’s Office of Diversity Affairs.
In addition, we strive to foster a sense of community and belonging within our department by hosting social events, lecture series at Wednesday conferences, and unconscious bias training, as well as providing faculty mentorship for house staff.
For inquiries about our diversity and inclusion initiatives, email Aaron Arredondo, MD, co-departmental diversity ambassador, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Teresa Bowen-Spinelli, MD, co-departmental diversity ambassador, at email@example.com.