COMMITTING TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Our efforts around inclusion, diversity, equity and access continue to be a priority. We have joined a new Collective Action Initiative on Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which is a national effort by the Association of American Medical Colleges. As part of this effort and in concert with the College of Medicine in Gainesville, we will conduct a comprehensive review of institutional policies, practices, procedures and programs that impact our climate and culture and identify strengths and areas for improvement related to diversity, equity and inclusion across many domains.
Additionally, in this edition, Madeline Joseph, M.D., associate dean for inclusion and equity, provides an update on a new policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment of employees by patients and visitors on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status.
ADVANCING PATIENT CARE
Meanwhile, Pradeep Kadambi, M.D., M.B.A, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, shares the latest on plans for UF Health East and the unique services we’ll be offering. Other articles in this edition include key takeaways from our hospital’s latest visit from The Joint Commission and an overview of an interesting research study that will have a larger impact on health equity and care for pancreatic cancer patients.
Exciting strides continue to be made at our college and throughout the UF Health enterprise. I’m honored to serve as dean and will continue to champion innovation, discovery and excellent patient care; support our faculty and staff; and ensure trainees and students experience the best teaching and clinical environment possible.