The LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion efforts at the LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge


At LSUHSC, we are taking steps to transform the institution into a culture where racial bias and inequity has no place. Diversity among leadership, faculty, staff and learners enriches the educational experience for all learners and enables us to better address healthcare inequities and cultural competency in clinical care. The diverse community and patient population that LSUHSC serves fosters trainees' understanding and effective delivery of care to individuals of diverse backgrounds, which is integral to the institution's academic mission. As an inclusive community, LSUHSC embraces the full range of human difference: race, gender, ethnicity, age, culture, national origins, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class, and political convictions.

To demonstrate LSU's commitment to diversity and inclusion as core institutional values, a Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion will be charged with promoting inclusion and diversity in research, education, patient care and community service by creating programs for successful recruitment of retention of faculty, staff and students from diverse and under-represented communities.

Specifically, the School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement has started a series to develop awareness, literacy and acknowledgement of the structural frameworks which intersect in the space of race, health care inequities, and disparities.

LSUHSC New Orleans welcomes needs and celebrates its diverse voices. Our training program is our present and future, and serves a beautifully diverse community. We are committed to an inclusive, vibrant training experience, and to learning how to care more completely for each other and our patients.

Aligning with the diversity statement of our Health Sciences Center, the faculty and residents of the Internal Medicine Residency Program are taking steps to put these goals into action by pursing initiatives that advance the program’s emphasis on topics relating to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) while also engaging in our local community. Our faculty/residency program has been involved in various programs related to DEI and SDoH and some of our efforts are outlined below:

LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency Program: 

  • Race Around the Table small group discussions with faculty/residents about race, diversity and equity in our local community as well as the residency program 

  • LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Underrepresented Minority Residency Showcase. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement; LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge Virtual Booth

  • The “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Curriculum” integrates topics key to understanding racial injustice, health care disparities and social determinants of health (SDoH) into the existing didactic structure. Residents interested in additional involvement have the opportunity engage with faculty whose work focuses on Social Determinants of Health and Community Outreach initiates.


LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency Faculty:

Community Involvement:

Dr. Tiffany Ardoin, Director of Geaux Get Healthy Clinical Program: Clinic based intervention addressing food insecurity in the Baton Rouge community through connection to local resources, cooking classes, nutrition classes and grocery store tours. This program is done in partnership with the American Heart Association and HealthyBR as a part of the larger Geaux Get Healthy Program in the community.

Dr. Miranda Mitchell: “Exposure to Medicine” a hands on event to engage and spark an interest in a medical career for 10th and 11th grade high school students in the Baton Rouge area. Facilitated by Drs. Miranda Mitchell and Gia Tyson. Simulation lab presentations by Drs. Trang Huynh, Davey Prout, Ryan Richard. Drs. Mitchell, Richard and Tyson are Assistant Professors of Clinical Medicine with the LSUHSC-New Orleans School of Medicine. This event will be held annually.

Invited Lectures/Panel Discussions

Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor: Guest speaker, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Council’s Hispanic Heritage Month Seminar regarding on her experiences as the first Hispanic female MD at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 2020 

Drs. Diana Hamer and Catherine O’neal: Invited speakers, Interview with a local Latino radio station host to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the Hispanic Community in the Baton Rouge area. 2020

Dr. Diana Hamer: Presenter, The Socio-Ecological Model: Children and the Baton Rouge Landscape (2021)

Dr. Miranda Mitchell: 1. Panelist at the American College of Health Care Executives, Louisiana Chapter Winter Symposium, Equity of Care Panel Discussion, 2021.  2.  The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter My Cry in the Dark: Maintaining Work-Life Balance during a Global Pandemic. 2021