Our Commitment to Diversity

Being a resident at Nemours means working and learning alongside some of the most respected health care professionals in the industry. The outstanding quality of our health care for children is dependent upon and strengthened by our diversity.

 

Regardless of race, color, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, military leave, or other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, we stand together in our dedication to the health and well-being of all children, embracing their diversity as well.

 

We are challenging ourselves to identify, discuss, understand and address racism and its impact on children’s health, and to correct systemic racism and any resulting inequities within Nemours. Nemours is committed to addressing the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in this country and the impact these factors, including racism, have on the health of children. 

 

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Nemours A.I. DuPont PPM&R Residency Program is committed to recruiting a diverse group of residents and training them in high quality, culturally competent care.  We wish for our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve. 

Through enterprise wide initiatives such as the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and Diversity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Value and Equity (D.R.I.V.E.), Nemours works to partner with families and associates to create a more diverse and culturally sensitive experience.  Some ways in which Nemours and Sidney Kimmel Medical College are working to support diversity and inclusion among associates include:

 

Associate Resource Groups (ARGs)

The ARGs are associate-led groups of like-minded individuals who meet on a periodic basis to provide support, affiliation and drive change in their respective areas.  Current ARGs are African Heritage, Adelante-Latino/Hispanic, Caregivers, Nemours Pride, and Women Leaders.  More information is available at http://teamshare/ql5/Documents/ARG%202020%20Mission%20Statements.pdf.

 

The Jefferson Alliance for Minority Health Professionals (JAMHP)

JAMHP is a group that brings together faculty, researchers and resident physicians from underrepresented backgrounds across disciplines throughout the Jefferson community. The organization serves to foster an environment that is supportive and responsive to the needs of its members through mentorship, scholarly activity, professional and social networking. Through partnership with the Enterprise Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, JAMHP is aimed at supporting its members and expanding the diversity of Thomas Jefferson University. JAMHP will be instrumental in developing diverse leaders in the clinical, academic, and biomedical research arenas.

 

Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) Resident Affinity Groups

SKMC has created the following resident affinity groups to address Thomas Jefferson University’s needs for an inclusive environment, education, community outreach, mentorship (from faculty, of students) and camaraderie. They are connected to similar faculty and student groups to enhance the overall experience.  Current resident affinity groups are: Black House Staff Association, Hispanic/Latinx House Staff Association, and Queer House Staff Association.

 

Hospital and Enterprise Wide Educational Opportunities

Classes in cross cultural learning and anti-racism are available for all associates.  Interactive Town Halls addressing topics such as race and intersectionality are held monthly to continue the dialogue in addressing racism. 

 

Curriculum Development

The Nemours Resident Wellness Committee is working to develop a resident curriculum addressing racism and diversity.  This curriculum will be longitudinal and address topics to educate residents in how race, racism and social determinants of health impact our patients and our community. 

The SKMC Office of Graduate Medical Education has established an anti-racism/bias curriculum that serves as the foundation to address unconscious bias, microaggressions, race and medicine and structural competency for the Jefferson resident.

 

Nemours URM Visiting Scholars Program

We have established a visiting scholars program for medical students who are pursuing a career in pediatrics and identify as members of racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. This program allows for a month long rotation tailored to the specific interests of each student.  Students receive individualized mentorship and meetings with pediatric residency leadership, along with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses.  For more information and an application, please contact cindy.chuidian@nemours.org.