Ilene Fennoy, MD and Dorit Koren, MD
Our mission is to affirm the ideology of the PES as a scientific community that fosters inclusion, acceptance, and support for every person independent of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Towards this end, our focus is to:
- Recognize implicit and explicit bias in healthcare in Pediatric Endocrinology, and address related healthcare disparities that affect our patients and families, through research, quality improvement, health delivery science, education, and outreach efforts.
- Foster equity and diversity and provide an environment of equality and mentorship for all trainees, fellows, and faculty in Pediatric Endocrinology.
Our task force goals for the coming year are to increase awareness in our society’s membership of implicit and explicit bias in medicine in general and Pediatric Endocrinology specifically, and the contribution of said biases to health care disparities as well as to career development of minority physicians. We also aim to start to amass resources to help us address and ameliorate these biases and resulting disparities. We will contribute regularly to the newsletter, develop a needs assessment survey of our society, and will plan a seminar at the upcoming 2021 annual PES meeting.
PES EDI Statement against Executive Order Banning Diversity Training:
President Trump recently signed an executive order banning diversity training (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combating-race-sex-stereotyping/) in the Federal Government, Armed Services and any contractors of the Federal Government. There are obviously significant concerns related to this executive order, and the statement to this effect from the Equity-Diversity-Inclusion Taskforce of the PES may be viewed here. You may also view the ACGME statement rejecting this executive order here (https://acgme.org/Newsroom/Newsroom-Details/ArticleID/10647/ACGME-Statement-on-the-Executive-Order-on-Race-and-Sex-Stereotyping).
To launch our educational series, several new initiatives are taking shape:
- As part of the 2021 Annual PES meeting, we are planning a one-hour plenary session for Monday, May 3, 2021 (11:15-12:15 AM).
- We plan to provide information addressing bias, and updates from the EDI initiative every month in the President’s newsletter
Several worthwhile links that address the issue of implicit bias are included below, and we encourage you to review these links at your leisure, particularly the Harvard Project Implicit for Health Care:
- AAMC Addressing Implicit Bias in Virtual Interviews Video
- AAMC Unconscious Bias in Virtual Interviews Resources
- Harvard Project Implicit for Health Care: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/user/pih/pih/index.jsp
Further, October is Global Diversity Awareness Month. It is a time to recognize the positive impact that diversity has on society and to celebrate a world where cultures and customs come together to enrich our world, not only in the workplace, but in art, literature, music, cuisine, and thought. Celebrate (virtually) with friends.
Historical Facts of Interest:
- September 17, 1958: Martin Luther King’s first book entitled: Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, is published.
- September 23, 1953: VA Administrator Harvey Higley informed VA hospital directors that racial segregation had to end and that an accelerated process would be implemented to do so.
Email Info@pedsendo.org if you are interested in getting involved!