At UAMS Radiology, we take every opportunity to celebrate who we are and who we work with.
From selecting who we interview, to how we create our rank list, we are intentional about being inclusive and recruiting a diverse workforce. We plan to leverage the advantage that the supplemental application/signaling process will offer this year. We will be utilizing the EACM model suggested by the AAMC to develop and ensure holistic review of applications. Last year we recruited a diverse group of residents with 2 women (including a Ukrainian), one D.O. and four IMGs.
Our residency encompasses people of various countries of origin, ethnicities, genders and abilities. We have a good representation of female residents (31%), residents from D.O. programs (14%) and International Medical Graduates, including Caribbean graduates (51%). We have residents who are fluent in 14 languages and hail from nine countries. 70% of our leadership consists of women, all of who are former graduates of the program. We have incorporated DEI and healthcare disparities topics into our non-interpretive skills conference curriculum and have had expert speakers present at workshop style sessions. We have, in the past, tuned into high-level discussion DEI and healthcare disparities themed topics at national-level meetings such as RSNA/ARRS in order to learn from discussions from the best across the world. Our residents are expected to complete short review courses on Implicit Bias and present on DEI topics during Journal Club, as part of their conference curriculum.
Our Program Director, Dr. Ram, was an active member of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) in 2021. She is also an AUR IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Allyship) scholar for 2022-2023. Interacting with other IDEA scholars from all over the country has provided the leadership new insights for improving recruitment process.
As a department, we are in the process of developing our own DEI section this year. This will be co-chaired by one of our faculty and Dr. Harleen Kaur and Ms. Shey Anderson and will include residents, faculty, administrative personnel, nurses and technologists. We have a dedicated faculty member, Dr. Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, who serves as the Associate Chair for DEI at the UAMS Cancer Institute. She, along with our HR faculty member Ms. Shey Anderson, ensure that our faculty participate in various activities to celebrate this spirit round the year.