The second annual Celebration of Diversity featured presentations and discussions from faculty, alumni, students and friends of the UF College of Medicine on issues of equity and inclusion in health care. Former Dean Michael L. Good, MD, explained the purpose behind the annual Celebration of Diversity: to “renew our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to cultivate a physician and health professions workforce that resembles the makeup of our local, state and national communities.” The week kicked off April 2 with a dean’s grand rounds panel discussion, bringing together five faculty members in talks about “Today’s Challenge: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.” On the following pages are some thoughts from UF faculty members on the progress made and the work remaining to be done at the UF College of Medicine.
When Holland, a UF emergency medicine physician, applied to medical school, she identified as an openly gay woman. However, she says, there was no education about medical issues facing the LGBTQ community when she was a medical student.
“While it’s better, there is still a lack of understanding among medical professionals about the LGBTQ community. The best part of my job in emergency medicine is that, no matter who walks in, I treat all my patients with respect and dignity. And I teach my residents to do the same.”