LSU Pediatrics Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Visiting Diversity Clerkship in Pediatrics Scholarship Program

  • Initiated in 2019 to offer a preliminary rotation experience to URiM applicants

  • Two students selected annually via an application process

  • Supported by LSU and Children's Hospital of New Orleans

  • Objectives

    • Increase applicant exposure to our residency program and the New Orleans community

    • Supplement other recruitment efforts to enhance diversity

    • Provide partnership with a resident mentor for ongoing support

*Due to COVID-19, we were unable to offer an in-person rotation experience. The opportunity was temporarily replaced with a virtual experience. 

Pediatric Virtual Rotation: Perspectives in Medicine

A visiting virtual rotation that focuses on preparing students for residency, patient safety/quality, and diversity in medicine/healthcare disparities. Applicants who are underrepresented in medicine are prioritized for selection for the rotation. The rotation schedule was built to enhance exposure for diverse students interested in learning more about the community we serve and about our support structures in place for diverse residents. Sessions include networking sessions with both residents and faculty members.

**In future years, the program – in conjunction with the student leadership team – hopes to offer both the scholarship and the virtual opportunity to further increase exposure to our program and to enhance recruitment efforts.

Resident Engagement and Support

  • Faculty mentorship for diverse residents and fellows was initiated in July 2020 with a future goal to pair newly matched residents prior to residency orientation.
  • Departmental funding support for resident involvement in the SNMA National Conference to improve opportunities for networking and personal/professional growth.
  • Resident engagement on a Children's Hospital's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Subcommittee (coming 2021)

Resident Education

  • Monthly resident curriculum focused on healthcare disparities, racial injustice, implicit/explicit bias, etc.
    • Flipped-classroom learning

    • Faculty-facilitated discussions

    • Interactive activities

  • Monthly LSU Pediatric Chairman's Conferences are held to facilitate resident dicussion around important cases and/or ethical topics in the recent literature. Topics include cultural competency, healthcare disparities, diversity and inclusion. 


Diversity & Inclusion at LSUHSC

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.