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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

Feature Event: Improving Practice Through Gender Affirming Care

MONDAY JUNE 27 @ 11 AM ET: PRIDE PANEL DISCUSSION

Join us for a panel discussion on the impact anti-LGBTQ+ legislation will have on clinicians, trainees and patients. The panel will also discuss the patient benefits of gender affirming care.

Speakers:

  • Kellan Baker, PhD from Whitman Walker Clinic
  • Elizabeth Lamos, MD, FACP from the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Olivia Van Gerwen, MD, MPH from Heersink School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham

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ABIM Series

VOICES THAT TRANSFORM: Featuring Dr. Jennifer Aldrich

"As a whole, the trans population is more likely to be unemployed, they’re more likely to live below the poverty level, and they often have had prior negative experiences with the health care community that make them very apprehensive about seeking health care. We need to eliminate all of those and make it clear that we welcome the trans community and that we will treat them with respect."

Read More: Supporting Voices of Diverse Diplomates

  • Standing up for the Profession, Protecting the Public: Why ABIM is Combatting Medical Misinformation
    May 18, 2022  |  To help protect patients and ensure our credential represents knowledgeable, expert physicians, our organization must take meaningful steps to address the spread of false medical information on social media.
  • Voices That Transform: Dr. Victor Kim
    May 10, 2022  |  Dr. Victor Kim, MD, ATSF, FAASM is ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine, and is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Reaffirming Community Values: Transgender Rights in Health Care Matter
    June 29, 2021  |  The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation join many of our colleagues in the internal medicine community in condemning any discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristics.

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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