SAEM22 Dr. Peter Rosen Memorial Keynote Address
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Are We Accountable?
Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, a national leader in emergency medicine, has more than two decades of experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a current lens towards justice in emergency medicine (EM). Reflecting on the past, Dr. Heron will discuss the history and importance of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) and how it has expanded over the past several decades. Current data notes that there has been minimal change in underrepresented in medicine (URiM) at the student, resident, and faculty levels. The importance and visibility of URiM across the lifespan of EM cannot be underscored enough. The scholarly activity related to JEDI in academic emergency medicine is inclusive of health inequities as well as the link to physician wellness and belonging. Dr. Heron will examine how recent events in the nation have also highlighted how much further we need to go to ensure equality, fairness, and justice for our patients, our colleagues, and our community. She will also cover strategies to consider to create a more unified, diverse, and inclusive culture in academic EM.
- Definitions and evolution of key concepts in JEDI
- Historical aspects of JEDI in academic emergency medicine
- Importance of JEDI in academic emergency medicine
- Examples of ethnic and racial disparities specific to EM
- Best practices for implementation of JEDI initiatives
- Challenges of implementing JEDI initiatives
- Benefits of JEDI implementation in academic EM
- Conclusion: How JEDI will impact health disparities and the future of academic EM?
Professor-Vice Chair, Associate Dean
Emory University School of MedicineSheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH, is a professor and vice-chair of faculty equity, engagement and empowerment in the department of emergency medicine, inaugural associate dean for community engagement, equity and inclusion and associate director of education and training for the injury prevention research center at Emory (IPRCE), Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a past chair of the emergency medicine section of the National Medical Association. Dr. Heron has received numerous awards including the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Women in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence, and was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). She was named the inaugural president of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is an editor of two textbooks on diversity and inclusion in quality patient care in emergency medicine. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on topics such as diversity, equity & inclusion as well as wellness and well-being in health care.