Diversity & Inclusion
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity at all levels. This commitment begins with recruitment, development, and mentorship and is reflected within our current residents and faculty. This commitment also reflects our goal to build a fully inclusive departmental culture that will advance equity across our core mission of education and service. There is an intentional effort by program administration to ensure our residency applicant pool reflects the diversity within our program and patient population which fully aligns with the ACGME Diversity & Inclusion standards.
Our GME recruitment framework will reflect our mission to build a diverse clinical community. As an example, during the interview day applicants are matched with faculty interviewers with common interests who also reflective of our community’s diversity. Matriculating new interns are paired with resident and faculty mentors with shared lived experiences. This mentorship continues throughout the four years of residency and beyond. We are very proud that our program’s alumni are very reflective of all of the patient communities that we serve throughout Louisiana.
We recognize the historical context of medical racism- specifically in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology- and how this continues to shape health care disparities today in our community. For the upcoming academic year, we are in the process of creating a departmental diversity and inclusion division, which will focus on workforce development and professional education, unconscious bias training, inequities within our healthcare system, community engagement, and research. Residents will be integral members of this task force whose mission is to promote diversity and health equity in our learning environment.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Robert Maupin, Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement for the LSU School of Medicine, as a leading faculty member in our department. Through his leadership, our residents have participated in health equity training and diversity education within the School of Medicine. We have also developed a formal infrastructure for ongoing professional development that will build the equity skillsets of both our residents and faculty. Our residents and faculty participate in community engagement, and health professions pipeline programs targeted towards underrepresented students in our surrounding community. These efforts support our goals for community development and the advancement of health equity improvements in women’s health in our state.
The recent events that have occurred in our society have reminded us all that there is much work to be done to achieve social justice. Our program’s continued commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is an integral part of our educational mission.