May 23, 2022 — Preliminary results from a recent review of institutional policies, practices, procedures and programs that impact the climate and culture around diversity, equity and inclusion and identify strengths and areas for improvement related to DEI at the UF College of Medicine show that the college excels in the areas of governance, leadership and having a mission related to DEI efforts.
The Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Culture, or DICE, inventory is part of a recently launched Association of American Medical Colleges initiative that the College of Medicine has joined, along with 109 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Full results from the inventory, which will allow institutions to see how they compared to others, will be available from the AAMC this summer.
Participation in the inventory is one of the projects identified in the diversity, inclusion and health care equity pillar of the strategic plan put in place by Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Over the past two months, key stakeholders from various departments have answered questions as part of the inventory to gain insight into the college’s climate and culture, said Stephanie Ryan, M.D., an assistant dean for diversity and health equity in the College of Medicine’s Office for Diversity and Health Equity.
“I am honored that Dean Koch trusted me to lead this project,” Ryan said. “It’s a worthwhile effort to gather these stakeholders together and see where we have opportunities for growth with actionable items.”
Once full results are available, she said, the college can expect to see a campus climate survey that will go to faculty, trainees, staff and residents.
“The long-term goal for participating in the DICE inventory is to make sure we continue to offer a welcoming environment for a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and residents,” said Donna Parker, M.D., associate dean for diversity and health equity. “A greater focus on inclusion on our campus translates to better, more equitable care that we can provide to our diverse community.”