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Diversity & Health Equity

Creating an inclusive environment that provides equal access to quality care for all by addressing health disparities and racism in healthcare.

Dr. Alyson K. Myers, MD, ABIM Governance Member,
Clinical Educator and the Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes at North Shore University Hospital

ABIM’S Commitment to Health Equity

Like many organizations across the United States during the tumultuous summer of 2020, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation (ABIMF) made a public commitment to explore our role in perpetuating —intentionally or not— racial disparities in health care through our Board’s policies and programs. We pledged to move from being "passively non-racist" institutions to being “actively anti-racist” influences in health care.

And while our initial commitment in 2020 focused on racial justice, ABIM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy has broadened to bring as many voices to the table as possible. Our goal is to ensure that our programs and policies are not divorced from the lived experiences of our diplomates, including (but not limited to): age, race, ethnicity, ability, faith, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographical location or practice setting.

This page serves as a record of what we have committed to, a living compendium of what we have done thus far to fulfill those commitments, and as a fulfillment of the promise to remain transparent and accountable to our community as we do this ongoing work.

Richard Baron, MD, President & CEO, ABIM

New Grant Funding Available

In an effort to build a more trustworthy health care system, ABIM, in partnership with the ABIM Foundation and other leading health care organizations, has co-sponsored a grant program to enhance the integration of DEI into the fabric of internal medicine education and training. Letters of intent are due by January 9, 2023.

Read More: Supporting Voices of Diverse Diplomates

  • ABIM’s Exam Experience Team Works to Accommodate Individuals with All Disabilities
    October 27, 2022  |  Each year ABIM fields hundreds of calls and emails from individuals who ask for accommodations for a variety of disabilities. Our Exam Experience team works hard to make sure every doctor who sits for an exam or works through questions on the new Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA) has what they need to be successful and that there is equity for all who take an ABIM assessment.
  • ABIM Holds Listening Sessions with Latino Physicians
    October 21, 2022  |  ABIM has made a commitment to work toward eliminating inequities in health care and become an actively non-racist organization. As part of an effort to better understand what diplomates want and need from ABIM, listening sessions are being held with physicians from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Dr. Kelly Davidson Discusses Sickle Cell Disease
    October 07, 2021  |  Kelly Davidson, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she practices hematology at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She was initially certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, and maintains her certification in Hematology.

Why I Serve: Featuring Dr. Vineet Arora

As a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors, academic hospitalist Dr. Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, believes that her voice as a physician is important for promoting safe, quality care for patients.

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