Best Practices for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Residency Program: GME Diversity and Inclusion (ADIEM Sponsored)

Authors
  • Ava Pierce, MD

    Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

    Ava E. Pierce, MD, FACEP completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pierce is the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an Emergency Medicine attending at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. She is the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and the Co-Director of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) at UT Southwestern. She also serves as a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Medical School Admissions Committee and is a faculty liaison for Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), which focuses on professional development and mentoring for residents and fellows from under-represented groups. Her research interests include medical education, diversity and inclusion, and cardiac resuscitation. She completed the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program and the AAMC s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and is committed to making innovative changes that will enhance diversity and inclusion and improve excellence in health care, thus strengthening a diverse workforce that will provide culturally competent quality medical care to all. She served as the President for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), in 2018 – 2019.
  • Marquita Norman Hicks, MD

    Dr.  Marquita Norman Hicks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Inclusion and Diversity at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and completed her undergraduate education at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City, KS. She completed her internship at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Dr. Hicks' professional and community interests include communication skills, healthcare workforce diversity,  diversity education, pre-health education and healthcare disparities.   Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her young son.
  • Jeffrey P. Druck, MD

    Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Co-Director Office of Professional Excellence

    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Dr. Jeff Druck grew up in Houston but moved to Colorado for residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. As Associate Program Director, he co-founded the Denver Health Diversity Committee, pioneering recruiting efforts of diverse residents which have served as a road map for residencies in all specialties. Currently, he serves at the University of Colorado as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Co-Director of the Office of Professional Excellence, and current president of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion for Emergency Medicine; however, his most important role is as a father to four children, where he sometimes does admirably and other times comes in under the bar.
  • Caitlin Ryus, MD, MPH

  • Abbie Saccary, MD

  • Joell Moll, MD

    Residency Program Director, Associate Professor

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Joel Moll is residency Program Director and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served as Associate Program Director at the University of Michigan, and Assistant Program Director and Administration Fellowship Director at Emory University. Although always interested in education, Dr. Moll started his career in operations, and was medical director at Cleveland Clinic Florida and the University of Florida Gainesville prior to joining residency leadership. He has published multiple peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters, presents internationally and nationally, and has served on many national committees. He is Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, and an oral boards examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was recently honored to be named the VCU Health Leadership in Medical Education Residency Director of the year, and the recipient of the VCU School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Interests include graduate medical education, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, and evidence-based medicine.
  • Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education

    Yale School of Medicine

    Dr. Agrawal is the Immediate-Past President of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), an entity within SAEM, dedicated to enhancing the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in Emergency Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. Dr. Agrawal’s academic research focuses on refugees and other displaced populations. She studies issues specific to forced migration and aims to implement sustainable interventions to affect the challenges these populations face. She is currently investigating health literacy, healthcare access and long term health outcomes of resettled refugees in the US. Dr. Agrawal holds a faculty appointment in the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Center for Asylum Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), the refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, Connecticut. 
  • Jennifer Tsai, MEd

  • Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS

    Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in 1986. He completed a residency training program in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1989. Since 2013, Dr. Lopez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement in the medical school, providing oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, graduate medical education and medical students. In January 2017, he added the title of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Jefferson University, providing oversight and guidance for the ten colleges that make up the university.
  • Dowin Boatright, MD, MBA, MHS