Focusing on Diversity

Elopre Latesha MDLatesha Elopre, MDAt UAB, providing culturally responsive healthcare is a priority. We strive to provide the best of care to all our patients and to ensure that we meet the needs of our diverse community. With diversity in leadership, faculty, residents, and staff, our patient population will benefit from innovative ideas that will decrease healthcare disparities.

As Director of Diversity and Inclusion, I am delighted that the Diversity Enrichment Committee is working towards this goal, focusing efforts to attract under-represented applicants to our Internal Medicine Residency Program and promoting a culture of inclusiveness. We are proud of the excellent clinical, learning, and research environment at UAB and our commitment to our residents’ success.

We aim to:
  • Promote a culture of inclusiveness in a dedicated effort to increase Departmental diversity through the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse physicians
  • Train and promote cultural competency within the Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Promote a healthier community through mitigating healthcare disparities

Activities of Diversity Enrichment Committee:
  • Outreach in the local Birmingham community through attending Career Fairs at inner-city schools to promote careers in medicine
  • Partnership with our local Student National Medical Association Chapter to increase retention of diverse medical students at UAB
  • Attendance at Student National Medical Association Conferences
  • Attendance at Latino Medical Student Association Conferences
  • Host Interview-Day Mixers and a Second Look Weekend
  • Sponsor social outings among residents