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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
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Diversity & Inclusion

The Department of Emergency Medicine strongly encourages applications from minority candidates who are underrepresented in our specialty, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and LGBTQ students. Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Women in EM

NUEM Women’s Night is an initiative conceived and carried out by our women residents beginning in 2016. Approximately every two months, residents, faculty and alumni gather to develop their skills of negotiating, financial planning and other tactics necessary in today’s healthcare job market, as well as to discuss and problem solve the potential roadblocks that face today’s women physicians. We host speakers from around the Chicago area in a social environment to promote fellowship and support of all members of our residency and departmental family.

Social EM

At NUEM we recognize the important role that social determinants of health play in our patients' well being. We have the great fortune to work in a well-resourced health system that is able to provide high quality care to all patients who come through our doors to address all aspects of their care. We have the opportunity to rotate at Gary Methodist Hospital and Cook County Health which introduces us to different patient populations, each with their unique and complex needs.

NUEM's mission is to create the next generation of leaders in Emergency Medicine, and social EM is no exception. Residents have spearheaded efforts to create a Social EM Interest Group, to collaborate with other Social EM minded residents in the city, as well as initiatives focused on improving care for our homeless and behavioral health patients in the ED.

Cultural Competency

After performing a needs assessment of our residency program, two of our residents, Adesuwa Akhetuamhen, MD (PGY-2), and Abiye Ibiebele, MD (PGY-2), worked to develop a cultural competency curriculum. This curriculum addresses topics such as implicit bias, engaging community leaders and engaging vulnerable patient populations in our department.

Scholarly output: Creating an Emergency Medicine Resident Cultural Competency Curriculum: Results of a Validated Needs Assessment Survey, abstract, ICEP 04/2019.

Diversity Outreach

Northwestern McGaw Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to fostering a culturally competent and diverse training environment for residents, fellows and students. They support the travel and registration for dozens of faculty and trainees to attend the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference. As one of the major funding supporters of the annual conference, McGaw recognizes the incredibly powerful opportunity provided to recruit talented URM medical students into all of our training programs. Each year, the Department of Emergency Medicine partners with McGaw to ensure that our faculty and trainees are able to attend.

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment that integrates a broad range of perspectives for our trainees, because diversity and inclusion is integral to effective training across specialties. In alignment with McGaw's beliefs that a culturally competent atmosphere promotes excellence, we strongly encourage all of our residents and prospective trainees to familiarize themselves with the assorted resources available to them, including the programs listed below.

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - Diversity & Inclusion 
Overview of Northwestern's diversity and inclusion initiatives and resources 

Visiting Student Elective Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine
Application process for 4th year medical students to receieve financial support to participate in elective rotations

Public and voluntary listing of members of the Feinberg community who identify as LGBTQ. The OutList serves as a resource for students and community members alike.

LGBTQ AllyList 
Public and Voluntary listing of members of the Feinberg community who support and promote the well-being of LGBTQ community members. The AllyList serves as a resource for students and community members alike.

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