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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement from SGIM’s President and CEO

Over the last year, SGIM has refocused our efforts to intentionally create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive professional home for our members. At a time when DEI discussions are at an all-time high, we are committed to not only having these conversations, but also to making the necessary changes to be better personally and professionally. Our goal is to make SGIM a fully inclusive society that embraces diversity and empowers all members to effectively contribute to SGIM’s mission, irrespective of the member’s age, sex/gender, race/ethnicity, religion, economic background, disability, country of origin, or institutional affiliation.
In July 2020, Council established a DEI Workgroup. Under the leadership of Dr. Eleanor “Bimla” Schwarz, the DEI Workgroup was charged with:

  1. Identifying opportunities to refine SGIM’s internal programmatic processes and procedures;
  2. Advising SGIM on external collaborations, alliances, and outreach that warrant additional investment; and
  3. Presenting recommendations to the SGIM Council by the end of December 2020.

In collaboration with the Health Equity Commission (HEC) and the Women and Medicine Commission (WAMC), the DEI Workgroup outlined several recommendations focusing on data tracking & assessment, setting policies & communication to our members, and overall external relationships. With the support of our leadership and staff colleagues, SGIM has created an ambitious timeline to address each recommendation.

In addition, SGIM will continue to engage our volunteer groups to ensure that we are integrating DEI concepts into all organization-wide workplans. Read the DEI Workgroup’s full recommendations here

We wholeheartedly acknowledge that this is only step one. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to all that we do, and this work is not an “add on” activity. As SGIM leaders, we are dedicated to this work of creating a fundamentally diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all. Join us on this path as we work to improve our lifelong learning community.

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE
SGIM President

Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH

Ensuring Equity Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Society of General Internal Medicine Statement to Members: June 5, 2020

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has spurred an unprecedented global pandemic, leaving over 1 million Americans infected with COVID-19. Disturbingly, the data related to COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and deaths have demonstrated alarming racial and ethnic disparities across the United States.

Read the full statement here  

A Message on Racial Injustice From SGIM Executive Leadership and Staff
June 2, 2020
The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) stands against racial injustice, inequality, white supremacy, or police violence of any kind. SGIM vehemently condemns the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others. We refuse to be silent in the face of callous injustice.

Read our full statement here