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However You Define Yourself, We Value YOU

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In our pursuit to become a premier patient-centered academic emergency department, we champion diversity, equity, and inclusion and commit to:

  • Reflecting critically on the history of our state and communities and actively addressing structural racism and healthcare inequities

  • Making diversity, equity, and inclusion a central pillar of our departmental ethos, including the recruitment, hiring, training, retention, and support of individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups

  • Cultivating belonging, meaningful connections, and a supportive, inclusive culture where each person is valued, respected, and recognized for their intrinsic worth


Vandy EM URM Visiting Student Stipend

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt is pleased to offer a stipend for visiting URM students to complete a 4-week Emergency Medicine rotation at Vanderbilt. The URM Visiting Student Stipend is designed to promote awareness about our residency program and increase diversity in the pursuit of our mission to discover and teach how to treat each patient with dignity and respect – anyone, anything, anytime – and to deliver this care every single day.


More information can be found on the Vandy EM URM Visiting Student Stipend page

Women in Academic Medicine

Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (WAM) was created by members of the VUMC EM faculty to support female EM residents, fellows, and faculty. The goal of WAM is to provide a support system through mentorship, education, and outreach. Over the course of each academic year, WAM hosts several events, including dinners with a round table format with designated discussion topics, formal career-development panels, and wellness hikes in our local, beautiful Percy Warner Park. WAM advocates for the professional advancement of female emergency physicians.

Health Equity Opportunities

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we care for a very diverse patient population.  Understanding the needs of our patients and the challenges they face surrounding healthcare will help us more adequately address health disparities that exist and work toward achieving health equity. We are actively engaging with the VUMC Office of Health Equity on several projects, including offering a resident elective in health equity and identifying barriers to follow up care after ED discharge. 



Vanderbilt University Medical Center believes that a workforce that is diverse and inclusive in nature is more effective at crafting innovative solutions to the major challenges of health care and executing those solutions as a team. Please visit the following pages for more information regarding VUMC’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. 

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