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Wellness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are excited to announce that our Wellness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion curriculum for our residency program and our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a whole has been developed and implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year. Charlene Collier, MD, MPH, MHS and Jaleen Sims, MD, MPH are co-chairs of the task force and Jaleen Sims is the residency Associate Program Director for Wellness Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We invite you to review our activities and vision for the respective sections below.

Residency Program

Wellness Vision Statement:

To promote a daily practice of health and wellness to help residents maintain their quality of life, dignity, professional satisfaction and humanism in patient care.

Key Learning/Implementation Objectives:

-To Minimize trainee burnout 
-Develop an environment where wellness is appreciated, supported and expected 
-Encourage trainees to participate in health and wellness activities for her/himself 
-Participate in team building exercises 
-Provide assistance with maintaining a focus on things that motivate trainees to remain passionate about patient care 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statements:

To foster and environment where differences in views, gender, race, backgrounds and sexuality are respected and viewed as strengths to enhance the learning experience of trainees. 
To provide intentional, equitable and non-judgmental care and services to all patients, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and social or financial circumstances.   
 
Key Learning/Implementation Objectives:

-Build cultural competency 
-Maintain diversity in the program 
-Incorporate programming regarding infusion, equity, microaggressions, Implicit biases, etc 
-Bring awareness to systemic racism and biases and how they affect patient care 
-Encourage open, non-judgmental discussions that will allow everyone to learn

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Goal: To take steps to actively identify and address barriers to equitable and respectful treatment of patients, staff and students to permit for optimal health and professional experiences and prevent harm due to racism, bias and discrimination of all forms.  
 
Task Force Structure (Currently under development) 

-Full Committee (Includes the chairs for all committees) 
-Subcommittees (Representation from all areas of the department, including non-clinical workers) 

  1. Patient Perspectives and Community Engagement
  2. Professional and Departmental Culture
  3. Outpatient Clinical Settings
  4. Inpatient Clinical Care and Patient Safety

Feel free to reach out with questions.

Charlene CollierCharlene Collier, MD, MPH, MHS 
Co-Chair Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Mississippi Medical Center 
ccollier2@umc.edu 
Jaleen SimsJaleen Sims, MD, MPH 
Co-Chair Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force 
Associate Residency Program Director of Wellness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center 
jsims3@umc.edu