Diversity & Inclusion

As an inclusive program, we embrace the full range of human difference: race, gender, ethnicity, age, culture, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class, and political convictions. We are committed to fostering growth in the matriculation of African-American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, LGBTQI interns and residents, as well as interns and residents from underserved rural regions of Louisiana. Institutional efforts to qualitatively strengthen the climate of inclusion and diversity of our learning community are inclusive of a focus on the development of effective pipelines for recruitment of interns from communities that are underrepresented in our region's health professions workforce. We maintain an open commitment to assuring that we recruit all qualified candidates who will contribute to the diverse strengths of our program. Part of this effort is assuring that our faculty are similarly diverse.

The program is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that supports and celebrates diversity by proactively working to increase diversity among future residents and faculty. Once a student matches with the program, the program commits itself to their successful completion of the program. LSUHSC, the Department of Medicine, and the Internal Medicine program have steadfast policies against institutionalized racism, discrimination, and bias and against marginalizing individuals based on their gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion. Furthermore, faculty must be committed to these principles or they are not allowed to instruct or interact with the residents.

First, the program recognizes that diversity is a continuous cultural ambition, promoting the concept to residents and faculty. Second, the program strives to recruit medical students from underrepresented backgrounds and wide range of racial backgrounds as residents in the program. The program contends that residents ideally learn how to care for a diverse population of patients when they interact and train with other residents and faculty from a variety of backgrounds. Third, LSUHSC, the department of medicine, and the internal medicine program are committed to diversity in the workplace, including the program's clinical faculty and administrative personnel. Finally, the program works with LSUHSC's Office of Diversity and Community Engagement in incorporating institution-wide directives and kindling resident participation in its seminars, programs and activities.