Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizational Pediatrics

Christopher Golden, associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland (and member of Contemporary pediatrics®’ Editorial Advisory Board), focused its 2 sessions at this year’s Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in medical settings.

His first presentation, “Learning to Squash Mosquitoes: Addressing Microaggressions in Medical Education,” highlighted the recognition of microaggressions by patients, students, physicians, and staff in clinical settings, and how learn specific tools to mitigate these cases. Golden differentiated between microaggressions (conscious and deliberate), which could include hanging swastikas or joking about marginalized people; and microaggression, which is often unconscious, but expresses rudeness and insensitivity.

Recipients of the microaggression can do a number of things to mitigate the situation, including asking questions (“why is that funny?”), while onlookers of the microaggression, Golden noted, can stand up while talking. for others (“that’s not how we treat each other;” “I don’t think it’s appropriate because…”

Golden’s presentation on “Creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions in Organizational Pediatrics: Not a Zero-Sum Game,” helped attendees recall the importance of the Pediatric Section of the Medical Association nationwide in promoting the well-being of children of color, evaluating the efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics to address and eliminate biases within its organizational structure that impact the care of all children; and build solutions to address systemic and structural inequalities in participants’ individual institutions.

Learning to question and address conscious and unconscious biases, and looking within medical organizations and associations to note their own biases and, if necessary, remove them within these work cultures will go a long way in walking the path of diversity, equity and inclusion. in the field of pediatrics.

References
Golden C, Burrows H, Fleming A, et al. Learning to swat mosquitoes: addressing microaggression in medical student training. Meeting of University Pediatric Societies. April 23, 2022. Denver, Colorado.

Golden C, Wright JL. Creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions in Organizational Pediatrics: Not a Zero-Sum Game. » University Pediatric Societies 2022; April 24, 2022. Denver, Colorado.

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