Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion: Mission

The Emergency Department at Regions Hospital strives to deliver the best patient care for all patients. We recognize that developing a broader understanding of cultural differences is the foundation of providing exceptional patient experience and outcomes to a diverse patient population. Recognizing that health disparities disproportionately cause inferior health outcomes for underserved groups, we actively work to improve care for our marginalized patients and create a diverse team that can understand the unique cultures and experiences that exist in our community. This ongoing effort involves emphasizing culturally competent care, partnering in service with local organizations, and robust didactics to explore diversity and inclusion.

In order to achieve this goal, the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency has developed a dynamic curriculum which incorporates education on cultural humility, justice, and racism. Our didactic conference feature topics such as health care disparities, implicit bias, human trafficking, health equity and medical ethics. We integrate our residency program into our community by partnering with the Union Gospel Mission, participating in Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol and touring facilities in St. Paul in order to better understand the resources available to our most vulnerable patient populations.

As part of our commitment to increasing diversity in our department, the next generation of emergency medicine physicians and the EM specialty, we have developed an Emergency Medicine Underrepresented Student Sub-Internship for students interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine. We encourage all students to apply.


HealthPartners Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

https://www.healthpartners.com/about/equity-inclusion-anti-racism/

https://www.healthpartners.com/ucm/groups/public/@hp/@public/documents/documents/entry_205422.pdf


Regions Hospital EM Residency

Diversity and Inclusion: Curriculum/Activities/Research

2020

  • HealthPartners 2025 Strategic Health Equity Roadmap developed
  • Regions Hospital – Equity in Experience 2020 – focused on improving the patient experience with black/African American patients
  • ED Diversity Project – Looking for disparities in pain medication use, triage criteria, ED time, pathways (STEMI, CVA), return visits, and patient experience – 2020
  • Regions EM Residency – Underrepresented Minority ERAS Application Review Committee – Established Nov 2020
  • Residency Retreat Breakout Group – The F Word: How ‘Fit’ Threatens the Validity of Resident Recruitment – Journal of Graduate Medical Education – Brad Hernandez, MD and Mike Paddock, DO
  • Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Microaggressions in Medicine – Regions Rap – joint conference with Mayo EM Residency – Joe Walter, MD
  • Cultural Lunch and Learn – Peru – Lourdes Villaume, MD and Rosario Greenwood-Sanchez
  • Staff MD and residents participate in 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
  • Racism and Healthcare – Grand Rounds –
  • Health Disparities: Meanings, Measures and Mitigation – Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • Faculty Rare Procedures 2020 – Microaggression Response SIMPROV (Simulation-Improve) – Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • Regions Hospital Health Equity Committee Representation – Wendy Woster, MD; Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard – Published transparent metric data of COVID-19 by race, primary language tracking case positivity, hospitalization, death rates
  •  “Disparities in Emergency Department Discharge Prescribing and Continued Use of Opioid Analgesics.” Westgard B, Gordon B; Society for Academic Emergency Medicine; 2020, Virtual Meeting.
  •  “Follow-up Disparities in a Low-Risk Chest Pain Pathway: Who Are We Missing?” Bourdon R, Hegarty J, Westgard B; Society for Academic Emergency Medicine; 2020, Virtual Meeting.

2019

  • Disparities in Healthcare – Kristi Grall, MD
  • HP Speaker on Diversity – Shamayne Braman
  • Social determinants of health – Small group session – Mike Paddock, DO
  • Regions Hospital Health Equity Committee representation – Wendy Woster, MD; Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • 3 Underrepresented Minority Scholarship Students
  • “Studying Cardiovascular Disease Among Somali Refugees and Immigrants through Respondent Driven Sampling of Social Networks.” Westgard B, Pryce D, Farah F. North American Refugee Health Conference; 2018; Portland, OR.
  • “Evolving Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in a Somali-American Immigrant Community.” Westgard B, Pryce D, Martinson B, Maciosek M, Ahmed O, Dalmar A, Wewerka S, Farah F; Health Care Systems Research Network; 2018; Minneapolis, MN.

2018

  • Student National Medical Association Conference – San Francisco, CA – Priya Sury, MD
  • “Equity in EM” – Book club – Priya Sury, MD and Felix Ankel, MD
  • 4 Underrepresented Minority Scholarship Students

Regions Hospital EM Residency

Advocacy – Curriculum/Activities/Leadership/Research

2020

  • Bystander Training – Responding to Harassment in the Learning Environment-A workshop for the Emergency Department – All faculty – Nov 2020
  • Bioethics – Grand Rounds – Eric Ling, MD
  • SAEM Bioethics Committee representation – Emily Binstadt, MD, Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • Ethics and COVID – Eric Ling, MD and Kristi Grall, MD
  • Leadership – Recurring lecture series – Felix Ankel, MD
  • Second Victim Syndrome – Robert Lam, MD
  • FIX Conference – Faculty/Residents Attended (virtually) – 6 faculty/3 residents
  • Union Gospel Mission – Volunteer to serve meals once per month
  • ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference – Washington DC – Tracy Marko, MD
  • EMRA Board of Directors – Vice Speaker (2019-20)/Speaker (2020-21) – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Resident Representation at MN ACEP – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Resident Representation on ACEP State Legislative and Regulatory Committee – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Minnesota ACEP Chapter President – Elected – Drew Zinkel, MD
  • Minnesota ACEP Chapter Councilor – Appointed – Drew Zinkel, MD
  • MN ACEP Board Member – Kurt Isenberger, MD

2019

  • TIME’S UP Healthcare Conference – Center for Women in Medicine & Science – Esther Choo, MD – University of Minnesota – All residents attended
  • Tour of Ramsey County Detox and Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence
  • Regions/HCMC Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Cultural Lunch and Learn – Somalia – Abdurrahamen Mahomud
  • Leadership – Recurring lecture series – Felix Ankel, MD
  • SAEM Bioethics Committee representation – Emily Binstadt, MD, Bjorn Westgard, MD
  • ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference – Washington DC – Tracy Marko, MD
  • EMRA Board of Directors – Vice Speaker (2019-20)/Speaker (2020-21) – Tracy Marko, MD
  • EMRA Health Policy Academy – Alternate Councilor at ACEP Council – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Resident Representation at MN ACEP – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Resident Representation on ACEP State Legislative and Regulatory Committee – Tracy Marko, MD
  • Distracted Driver Law – Minnesota State Capitol – Tracy Marko, MD, Kurt Isenberger, MD
  • SANE and Sexual Assault Care – Amy Stoesz, MD
  • FIX Conference – Faculty/Residents Attended – Various
  • Union Gospel Mission – Volunteer to serve meals once per month
  • Minnesota ACEP Chapter President – Elected – Drew Zinkel, MD
  • Minnesota ACEP Chapter Councilor – Appointed – Drew Zinkel, MD
  • MN ACEP Board Member – Kurt Isenberger, MD

Other Notable Recent Speakers

  • Jenny Beck-Esmay, MD – Creating FemInEM
  • Anand Swaminathan, MD –
  • Louis Goldfrank, MD – Whose hospital is it anyway?
  • Dowin Boatright, MD – Importance of Diversity in Healthcare
  • Peter Rosen, MD –
  • Dave Flemming, PhD – Tribalism

Emergency Medicine Clerkship Diversity Scholarship