Why Does Diversity Matter?

Fostering broad and inclusive participation in ACEP’s efforts enhances the array of thoughtful and innovative ideas brought forth, mitigates unconscious bias, and directly increases the likelihood of future success for our College and specialty.

The Numbers

US Population - 51% women, 38% minorities 

Medical School Students - 45% women, 44% minorities 

EM residents  - 38% women, 34% minorities

Women who are:

  • Active ACEP members - 25% 
  • ACEP Council - 27% 
  • ACEP Board - 12.5% 

Minorities who are:

  • Active ACEP members – 1% black, 1.5% Hispanic 
  • ACEP leadership positions – less than 1%

"When one further considers that our nation has even more religious, cultural, sexual, gender identity, and other forms of diversity—far beyond the obvious visual distinctions—it is apparent that the magnitude of the opportunity for improvement is enormous."

Source: Why Diversity and Inclusion Are Critical to the American College of Emergency Physicians' Future Success. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Jan. 27, 2017

Further Reading

Why Diversity and Inclusion Are Critical to the American College of Emergency Physicians' Future Success. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Jan. 27, 2017.

Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering; Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; Institute of Medicine; et al. Beyond bias and barriers: fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2006.

ACEP Diversity Summit Promotes Cultural Sensitivity, Acceptance Among Members. ACEP Now, June 2016

Emergency Medicine Leaders at Diversity Executive Reception Unite to Focus on Improving Health Care. ACEP Now, April 2016.

Emergency Medicine Workforce Needs More Women Physicians. ACEP Now, April 2016.

 
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