Representation matters. A diverse department is a stronger department, combining a variety of backgrounds, teaching methods, and experience to heighten collaboration and provide the best treatment.
An equitable practice is a stronger practice, assuring providers, applicants, and patients that they are on a level playing field. Equity fosters trust, an essential piece of any health care relationship.
Inclusion isn’t about “what,” but “how?” As an academic institution, we not only bring diverse perspectives together, but we thrive on collaboration. The inclusivity of our department sets us apart.
UTHSC ENT is located in Memphis, Tennessee, a diverse and culturally-rich city we’re proud to call home.
Here are just a few DEI initiatives within UTHSC:
50 Years of African American Achievement
Throughout 2011 the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) celebrated “50 Years of African American Achievement” with students and staff.
UTHSC’s celebration highlighted Alvin Crawford, MD, first African American graduate of the College of Medicine in 1964, and William F. Owen, Jr., MD who was appointed as the first African American Chancellor at UT Health Science Center and within the University of Tennessee System in 2005.
DEI Faculty Award
Each year, OIED will recognize a UTHSC faculty member who demonstrates exemplary leadership and the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through performance and conduct.
Nominees may display their commitment through: student-centered or trainee-centered inclusion initiatives; supporting recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, trainees, and/or students; teaching, service/outreach, research, and/or service that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness; multicultural programming or related initiatives; community outreach activities.
Social Justice in Healthcare Leadership Award
The Social Justice in Healthcare Leadership Award is a collaboration between the respective Graduate Medical Education Programs in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis.
This award recognizes Medical Residents and Fellows who advocate for social justice and equity and diversity while positively impacting the University and the community.
About Our DEI Initiative
Director, Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
“At the University of Tennessee Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, we want to ensure that every patient has equal access to care regardless of racial, ethnic, gender identity, or socioeconomic background.
Likewise, building a diverse team where each resident, physician, staff, and members of the clinical care team can each act as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important mission for our department.”