In support of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the ACGME launched ACGME Equity MattersTM, an initiative that supplies a framework for continuous learning and process improvement in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism practices. The initiative aims to drive change within graduate medical education (GME) by increasing physician workforce diversity, and building safe and inclusive learning environments, while promoting health equity by addressing racial disparities in health care and overall population health.
The ACGME Equity Matters initiative will provide a comprehensive curriculum of ideas, models, and data to support interventions that address structural barriers to developing a diverse physician workforce to care for diverse patient populations.
The ACGME Equity Matters framework includes two key components: educational resources that will be available to all involved in GME; and collaborative Learning Communities drawn from national stakeholder groups made up of GME Sponsoring Institutions and programs, including faculty members and individual residents/fellows, as well as specialty societies, and other health care partners.
The ACGME is developing and curating educational resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism to help the GME community create an optimal learning environment for all. These self-directed curricula provide the fundamentals of DEI and will enable participants to move through progressively more complex concepts within four domains of DEI: Acknowledgement; Acceptance and Accountability; Action; and Assessment and Adaptation.
The resources will be further leveraged by the national stakeholder groups – “Learning Communities” – to create change by bringing together people in similar roles within medical education to create policies and programs that promote advancement in diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism practices. These Learning Communities will operate in three phases: identification of challenges; implementation within their own institutions; and shared learning across GME. The first Learning Community began convening in July 2021, with subsequent groups scheduled to begin in the coming months.
As the work of these groups and the facilitators develops, additional educational materials, tools, and resources will be available to all in GME through the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Continue to visit this page and Learn at ACGME for updates. (Note: A free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.)
Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS
Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Program Director, Diversity Initiatives
Program Coordinator, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion