Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
We, the Maine Medical Center OB/GYN Residency Program, believe that an inclusive and diverse work environment is an integral part of the foundation of a more equitable and just health field and society. In an effort to provide better care for our patient population that includes people who come from around the globe, identify across the gender and sexuality spectrum, and hail from any background and socioeconomic status, we seek to provide more education, programming, support, and conversation around the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Aims
We strive to recruit and elevate residents who embody these diverse characteristics and grow with us to serve the patients of our state, country, and beyond. We also strive to create an environment of belonging. We recognize that our program and institution is in the earlier phases of implementing these efforts, but we are committed and devoted to anti-racism and anti-violence work. Current and future programming includes:
- An anti-racism reading group to facilitate intentional discussion among residents and faculty
- Skills building in trauma-informed care
- Didactic sessions to amplify the voices of our local community members, including immigrants and asylees, LGBTQI+, homeless and marginalized populations
- Commitment to recruitment and retention of diverse medical students, applicants, and residents
Living curriculum on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
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The Department of Medical Education is also offering a Diversity Scholarship for visiting medical students:
Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship Program
The Department of Medical Education developed the Diversity Scholarship Award Program to help advance MaineHealth’s mission to actively pursue, and welcome a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. We believe with this program, we will improve the academic environment, drive innovation, and attract leadership – ultimately, enhancing our ability to train future medical providers to provide high quality, socially responsible, and equitable care to all patients and their families.
MMC’s Department of Medical Education offers eight $500 scholarship awards per academic year for those applying to advanced electives with identities and backgrounds that are considered underrepresented in medicine. The AAMC has previously defined underrepresented in medicine as "those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." The Department of Medical Education endeavors for this to be an inclusive definition that is open to individual interpretation. Other examples may include physically disabled, economically disadvantaged, or LGBTQ+ students.
This scholarship award may be applied towards travel, housing, and incidental expenses related to a month long visiting rotation.
View the program overview to find out if you are eligible and to learn more about the application process.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Medical Education at 207-662-7060 or UME_MedEd@mmc.org.