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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

  • Voices That Transform: Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, on Congenital Heart Disease Week
    February 07, 2023  |  Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Director of the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center.
  • Honoring MLK Day with Dr. Renee Williams
    January 16, 2023  |  Renee Williams, MD, is an Associate Professor within the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone, where she serves as Associate Chair for Health Equity. Dr. Williams took time to talk with ABIM’s Senior Vice President of Communications & Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Pamela Browner White, to have a conversation about the state of injustice in health care in our country today.
  • Voices that Transform: Raul Ruiz Esponda, MD
    January 12, 2023  |  Raul Ruiz Esponda, MD, is an endocrinologist at Sanford Health in Fargo, North Dakota and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medical Sciences. He is certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He has a clinical practice in general endocrinology with a particular focus on thyroid diseases and thyroid malignancies.

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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