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Pediatrics DEI Council - Brief History

The UTCOM Chattanooga Pediatrics DEI Council began in 2021 after the conclusion of the Fall UTHSC Diversity Certification Program. Pediatrics representatives received faculty and resident feedback that they wanted an avenue to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues not just in the residency program but also relating to patient care. The Peds DEI Council is the first Department-specific DEI Council at our Institution on any campus.

Membership in the Pediatrics DEI Council is open to ALL Pediatrics residents, faculty and staff.

Pediatrics DEI Council Mission

To promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Pediatric Department to improve innovation of thought and build a culture of trust.

Recent Achievements

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  • Gender identity: “Stickers” reconciling the physician’s pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them, non-binary) were made available to faculty and residents, to further indicate to patients the physician's willingness to discuss pronouns
    • Faculty development/Resident QI on improving gender preference/pronouns in EPIC (accomplished in the academic year 2020-2021)
  • Speakers: Drs. Joani Jack and Mukta Panda presented Faculty Development on Cultural, Ethnic and and Racially Uncomfortable Experiences: How to Be An Upstander on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Dr. Crystal Pourciau presented Dermatology of Color at Pediatric Grand Rounds Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Corina Field Carroll Grand Rounds on You can prevent serious child abuse: Evaluation of sentinel injuries in children featured Dr. Suzanne Starling  
  • Books purchased for the Residency Program: Taylor and Kelly’s Dermatology for Skin Color; The Fenway Guide: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care; and a Handbook for Culturally Competent Care for every pod in the Kennedy Children's Outpatient Center
  • Grand Rounds Objectives/Evaluations now highlight DEI in the requests to speakers and the evaluation of the speakers
  • Calendar: highlighting monthly events from the DEI calendar for campus engagement and in resident programming
  • Two Pediatric faculty/staff, one other UTCOMC faculty, and one administrative staff member have completed the UTHSC Diversity Certification Program
  • Funding for 1 Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Pediatrics Scholarship for 4th year medical students secured from the Chattanooga Pediatrics FoundationPeds DEI Council members are on the scholarship application review committee
    • Adjusted the application to be more inclusive of qualifications, not just race
    • Establishment of a URiM coffeehouse for our Pediatrics Residency Program recruitment season.Peds DEI Council members and alumni of our residency program facilitate Q&A about the Institution, the University and the Program

Ongoing and Upcoming initiatives

  • Dr. Shevonda Sherrow will present on adolescent health disparities: date TBD
  • Develop programs from high school through college/vocational training to encourage underrepresented students to choose a career path to medicine in Chattanooga
  • Develop quality improvement metrics to track our success in improving DEI visibility
  • Continue to promote training of Safe Spaces
  • Advocating for proper patient naming in EPIC


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Sep 16, 2022