UAB's women in surgery take the New Yorker OR Cover Challenge, a viral social media trend in which women surgeons imitate the New Yorker's April 2017 cover.

As part of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, the UAB Department of Surgery, believes that a diverse community of faculty and learners is essential to fulfilling our mission and vision.

Including individuals with diverse perspectives and experience enriches the educational experience for all learners, allows us to more effectively address health care inequities and improves the quality of our scholarship and clinical care. The UAB Department of Surgery has established the following goals to continue to grow a culture of diversity and inclusion:

  • To increase both race and gender faculty diversity by recruiting and hiring from a diverse, qualified group of potential applicants.
  • To create a pipeline for future diversity in faculty recruitment by establishing our residency and fellowship training programs as hubs for diversity and providing career development pathways.
  • To cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness where talents and differences of all employees are respected and valued. Ultimately, this will allow individuals to contribute to their full potential and increase retention.
  • To demonstrate leadership accountability regarding diversity and inclusion in the Department of Surgery by measuring results, requiring accountability, refining approaches and ultimately institutionalizing a culture of inclusion.

In order to reach these goals, the UAB Department of Surgery has developed a number of strategies to support diversity among faculty and trainees, including establishing and maintaining: