Diversity and Inclusion Series
Surgery Community Check-In Series
2020 has been a year like no other, with unique challenges and stressors. The Surgery Community Check-In Series is an opportunity for members of the Section to engage in discussion with their peers and colleagues about the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and unconscious bias. Discussions are facilitated by members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, but the topics of discussion are determined by participants.
These intimate, small-group discussions offer participants a safe space for open dialogue and reflection, while engaging in conversation with a special guest or on a specific topic.
Previous guests have included: Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, MHS, Director of the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity, who shared her perspective on growing up in an all-black Mississippi town leading to her career in academic medicine; and Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer at Duke, whose career in law and academia has confronted issues of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.
Unconscious Bias Dialogues
Through a series of small group discussions and activities led by trained facilitators from the Section, the Unconscious Bias Dialogues help participants to first define, and then confront, their own implicit biases toward others. All members of the Section of Surgical Disciplines are strongly encouraged to attend one of the regularly offered sessions. 90% of participants stated that the dialogues were a valuable or highly-valuable experience. Plans are in place to move the dialogues to a virtual format.