DEI Committee UpdateLast June, the UAB Department of Surgery established a committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), led by Vice Chair Colin Martin, M.D., FACS.

The mission of the committee is to understand, promote and respect diversity of background, culture, attitudes and experiences within the department to drive excellence in clinical care, research, and surgical education. On June 1, 2020 the committee was formally announced in a department message that reiterated the department’s commitment to rejecting hatred and confronting racism.

Since its establishment, the committee and its 20 members– some from departments across the UAB School of Medicine– have been hard at work on DEI initiatives. Here is a list of 2020 accomplishments:

As the committee approaches its one-year anniversary, work continues through the newly reconstructed subcommittees, which were streamlined to include:

  • Anonymous reporting
  • Retention and recruitment
  • DEI education
  • DEI education and recruitment for research faculty

The DEI committee looks forward to continuing to grow thriving DEI initiatives within the department in 2021, like the establishment of training and education campaigns and further building on the faculty and resident recruitment initiatives that began in 2020. If you are interested in supporting the DEI committee in 2021, please reach out to surgcomm@uabmc.edu