Diversity & Inclusion
We enjoy research and teaching in the highly diverse BUSM setting and are proud to train and practice at BMC caring for a diverse patient population. Our goal is for our trainees, staff, faculty, and Center to reflect that diversity. We believe that this is central to providing excellent patient care, making impactful research discoveries, and creating a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.
The Pulmonary Center’s Racial Equity Committee was founded with the mission to raise awareness, activity, and efforts related to issues surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging. Throughout the year, this committee provides monthly educational, brainstorming, workshop, and action sessions during the regularly scheduled CCR (Combined Clinical and Research) Conference. These sessions involve the entire Pulmonary Center community (clinical and research arms including clinical trainees, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and all faculty within the department). Topics have included recruitment and support of diverse faculty, training and educational activities that empower diverse learners, identifying and countering systemic racism, implicit bias, white privilege, health treatment disparities, redlining, identity as a barrier, career development through an equity lens, and more.
Driving forward research within pulmonary and critical care is a central objective of the Pulmonary Center and our fellowship program. We believe that being engaged in high quality research while keeping our diverse and safety net patient population at the center of these endeavors is vital to providing equitable medical care. We are committed to ensuring that our patients are included in research and have access to cutting edge clinical advances. Our faculty and fellows are engaged in research with a health equity focus, guided by principles of social justice.
Our training activities include special emphases on guiding those from groups under-represented in research fields into successful careers in biomedical science. A key to the long-term success of our T32 training program, supported by the NIH to train researchers in pulmonary and critical care sciences, has been our consistent emphases on enrolling and providing outstanding outcomes for trainees from groups under-represented in the biomedical research field. Recognizing the need to broaden awareness of and interest in biomedicine, we are engaged in community outreach programs to help earlier learners (in college or high school) recognize the excitement and opportunity of biomedical careers. The science workforce needs to be more diverse, and we are working to make that happen.
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