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Ensuring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery

Surgeons and the discipline of surgery, particularly academic surgery, have a tradition of leadership both within medicine and within society. Currently, we are being challenged to harness our innate curiosity, hard work, and perseverance to address the historically significant deficiencies within our field in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Surgery needs to identify areas for improvement and work iteratively to address and correct past deficiencies. This requires honest and ongoing identification and correction of implicit and explicit biases. More diverse departments, residencies, and universities will improve our care, enhance our productivity, augment our community connections, and achieve our most fundamental ambition - doing good for our patients. To address these needs, Dr. Ronald V. Maier formed a working group, the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, at the time of the ASA's 2017 Annual Meeting, and charged its members with producing a work product to identify issues and hurdles and develop a set of solutions and benchmarks to aid the academic surgical community in achieving these goals.

This "living document" was highlighted during Dr. Maier's 2018 Presidential Address, and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Ensuring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery
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