2024 SAEMF/ADIEM Research Grant - $6,000

"A Qualitative Case Study Analysis of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders in Emergency Medicine"

Leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have long held positions in academic institutions. Newer roles within academic emergency medicine have emerged at a rapid rate over the last few years. These roles are often in response to a call-to-action for academic emergency medicine departments to eliminate health disparities, create diverse and inclusive workforces, and support department DEI programming. Despite these broad ranges of responsibilities, there remain many barriers to effective DEI leadership. Among these include individual barriers, such as lack of formal training, and department/institutional barriers, such as lack of funding or buy-in. Our long-term goal is to inform academic emergency departments, their chairs, and DEI leaders on how to effectively prepare and position DEI leaders to be maximally effective, and about best practices for EM DEI implementation.


  • Ryan E. Tsuchida, MD

    University of Wisconsin, Department of Emergency Medicine

    "A Qualitative Case Study Analysis of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders in Emergency Medicine"

    Dr. Tsuchida (he/him) is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the assistant dean for multicultural affairs for health professions learners at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Dr. Tsuchida has served in a variety of leadership positions for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). In collaboration with the Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), he has given presentations at national SAEM annual meetings on resident-driven recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented in medicine medical students. He has also facilitated an unconscious bias workshop for the SAEM committee and academy chairs. As assistant dean, Dr. Tsuchida is a faculty mentor to underrepresented and historically marginalized medical students through the Building Equitable Access to Mentorship initiative, a program he now oversees. The impact of his work has been recognized by the University of Michigan Medical School’s Award for Excellence in Institutional Change To Promote Health Equity, SAEM’s ADIEM Future Outstanding Academician Award, and the University of Wisconsin, Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service.