By: Marc Nivet, EdD, Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
This is an exciting time for health care in the United States. The passage of the Affordable Care Act means our medical schools and teaching hospitals will be facing a critical period to reexamine best practices to meet the growing health needs of the nation. We at the AAMC are committed to helping our member institutions meet this critical period head on and facilitate innovation. Building the capacity for innovation relies on engaging people with different perspectives, skills, and experiences to strategize and solve problems.
In my commentary from 2011, “Diversity 3.0: A Necessary Systems Upgrade,” I discussed how diversity and inclusion play a crucial role in this innovative process and how we ought to think of these terms more broadly: diversity as the richness of human differences, and inclusion as the active and ongoing engagement with diversity. The case for diversity and inclusion is stronger than ever. The list of recognized “diversity identities” is growing and demographic shifts in the population yield a more compositionally diverse population with every passing decade. Opportunities for optimizing care and improving quality are important now more than ever to address the persisting health disparities of our nation.
The time is ripe for us to build on the past to reposition medical schools and teaching hospitals for the future. The Diversity 3.0 paradigm consists of a shift from increasing awareness of how diversity benefits everyone – with diversity and excellence existing at parallel ends – to a growing understanding of diversity’s broader relevance to the core workings of the institution and integral to achieving excellence.
In March 2013, we launched The Diversity 3.0 Learning Series, a set of online resources to help medical schools and teaching hospitals leverage diversity and inclusion to drive institutional excellence. With this series we offer insights from thought leaders and practitioners in the field on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics. The goal of this learning series is to provide our members an easily accessible resource to help guide them on the path to greater innovation. New resources are periodically added to the collection. (See below a for a complete list of the Learning Series resources that are already available, and those that are upcoming.) It is our hope that the learning series will become an important tool in our members’ innovation utility boxes.
Learning Series videos already available:
- The Essentials of Time Management
- Building your Research-Based Career
- Assessing Institutional Culture and Climate
- GDI Navigator to Excellence: Strategic Planning
- Integrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health into Medical Education
- Scott Page Webinar – “The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies”
- Exploring Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine
Upcoming Learning Series videos:
- Getting Started in Academia
- Defining Your Success in Academia
- Preparing a Career Development Plan: The Essentials
- Unconscious Bias in Medical Professionals
- The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers