A diversity lecture at Banner

Our Internal Medicine Programs — Categorical, Primary Care, Preliminary and Med-Peds — have a shared vision to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people in our programs and community. We want to recruit a diverse group of faculty, residents and students who make a substantial, lasting impact and to create a culture of Inclusive Excellence, where all students, residents/fellows, faculty and staff will thrive.

Our residency program is committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community, in all the many forms that takes. We value you, your history and your unique background! We believe in fostering a community in which all identities and differences — including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status and geographic region — are embraced and valued. Our differences make us a stronger team by broadening perspectives and optimizing our ability to provide exceptional health care for all.

Similarly, our program is committed to the promotion of health equity for our patients. We believe it is imperative to address health disparities faced by patients, including working in our circles of control and influence to tackle both the social and structural determinants of health.

The Internal Medicine residents held a diversity event in a local park

We have a Graduate Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee composed of faculty and residents from all programs that advises our institution in planning various activities to advance our mission as GME programs. In addition, Internal Medicine program leaders are committed to this work as well.

Some of our program activities include:

  • Internal Medicine Residents and Faculty Deliver Supplies to the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 PandemicUpdated Social History template (for H&Ps) that includes a more comprehensive review of each patient’s social determinants of health.
  • Program of Individualized Education (PIE) Certificate on Addressing Health Disparities.
  • Elective resident rotation entitled Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in Medicine.
  • Multi-disciplinary panel discussions about health care disparities and social determinants of health.
  • Program sponsored social justice and advocacy events.
  • All Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentations include discussion on disparities in medicine and/or health care, as well as steps toward mitigation.
  • Health Equity Grand Rounds led by core faculty and program leaders.
  • Underrepresented minority (URM) student, resident and faculty panel discussions with community leaders to promote social justice initiatives.
  • Program outreach lead by medical residents to the Navajo nation during the COVID pandemic.
  • Unconscious bias workshops for faculty.
  • CANDOR training for faculty and residents.
  • Medical Spanish curriculum available to residents, students and faculty.
  • Faculty participation and mentorship in various medical student organizations committed to celebrating diversity.

We invite you to join our mission in creating an *environment of inclusivity and support as we all work to promote equity within health care and a learning environment that brings out the best in each of us.

*The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has made a commitment to inclusive excellence. It is outlined in our 12 Action Steps, as well as our Statement on Racism.