Chicago, IL (February 3, 2021) The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is thrilled to announce Emory University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency and Morehouse School of Medicine as the inaugural winners of the ACGME Diversity and Inclusion Award, recognizing their innovation, commitment, thought leadership to create physician workforce diversity, and efforts to promote inclusivity. The award identifies ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions and programs, or specialty organizations working to diversify the underrepresented physician workforce and create inclusive workplaces that foster professional, civil, and equitable environments. Up to three awards are presented each year.
“During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever for the ACGME to support its commitment to systemic diversity, equity, and inclusion by recognizing graduate medical education leaders making a difference. Promotion of a diverse and inclusive health care workplace fosters better health care for all,” said ACGME Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer William A. McDade, MD, PhD.
Emory’s Emergency Medicine residency displayed exceptional commitment to pathway programs into medicine and local engagement with the greater Atlanta community. “Demonstrated metrics of success with respect to diverse recruitment and retention makes them a model for residency programs,” said Dr. McDade.
Morehouse School of Medicine receives the award after displaying years of dedication to pathway programs, reinvesting in the local community, and diverse recruitment and retention. Sixty percent of Morehouse alumni continue to serve in underserved areas of Georgia. “The sheer impact Morehouse has on the entire state is to be admired and aspired to,” said Dr. McDade.
The Diversity and Inclusion awardees will receive free registration to the 2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, being held virtually February 24-26, and will be recognized, along with other ACGME Award winners, in a virtual Awards Hall. They will also be presented with a commemorative plaque and recognized in the ACGME office Awards displays as inspiration for the 865 Sponsoring Institutions and 12,000 programs accredited by the ACGME.
The ACGME is now accepting nominations for the 2022 ACGME Diversity and Inclusion Award. The deadline is Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Central. The submission form and more information can be found on the ACGME website.
The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of over 12,000 residency and fellowship programs and the approximately 865 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate approximately 145,000 resident and fellow physicians in 182 specialties and subspecialties. The ACGME's mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and enhancing the quality of resident and fellow physicians' education through advancements in accreditation and education.