Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: A Summary of the 2017 Intersociety Summer Conference

Jonathan B. Kruskal, Amy K. Patel, Deborah Levine, Cheri L. Canon, Katarzyna Macura, Brenda J. Allen, Carolyn Meltzer

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Abstract

The 39th radiology Intersociety Committee reviewed the current state of diversity among trainees and in our workplaces and addressed future strategies for fostering diversity through inclusion. The assembled participants addressed the imperatives and drivers for diversity and developed a road map to foster diversity. Themes included the need to be proactive in increasing awareness of our own biases and their potential impact on workplace decisions, overcoming blind spots, and being culturally sensitive. The need to identify and eliminate barriers to diversity was discussed at both the organizational and practice level and included efforts to break down structural and clinical barriers, such as training in multicultural awareness. Additional strategies that were addressed included building inclusive work environments; facilitating debate, conversations, and community building; and pipelining medical students through mentoring pathways. The conference ended with a call to action to develop toolkits with effective resources to support the necessary diversity and inclusion initiatives we must all undertake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • ACR
  • Diversity
  • Implicit bias
  • Inclusion
  • Intersociety Committee
  • Radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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