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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

Read More: Supporting Voices of Diverse Diplomates

  • Physician Portal Enhancement Allows for Better Self-Identification
    March 29, 2023  |  The ABIM Physician Portal will support expanded options to allow diplomates to self-identify their gender, race and ethnicity. We heard clearly in conversations with our specialty boards and with diplomates that being able to self-identify accurately is vital—so we are providing more detailed options that are available on forms like the U.S. Census.
  • A Conversation with Jasmine Brown, Author, Rhodes Scholar and Medical Student
    March 08, 2023  |  On International Women’s Day we are highlighting Jasmine Brown, a third-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Brown is a Rhodes Scholar and author of the book Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women who Fought to Become Physicians, From the Civil War to the 21st Century. She spoke with ABIM about her book and her experiences as a medical student.
  • Voices That Transform: Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D.
    February 14, 2023  |  Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist in Philadelphia and former host of “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health radio call-in show that aired from 1985 to 2019 on WHYY. Dr. Gottlieb has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Center for Mental Health Services, the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Association, the Council for Relationships and many more; but his business card reads simply, “Daniel Gottlieb: Human”. He has served as a member of the ABIM Critical Care Medicine Board since 2021.

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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