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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Family Medicine is proud to partner with the Office of Inclusive Excellence in the School of Medicine and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) community at UNC Health Care to support diversity among its trainees and promote a community of inclusion and respect. The Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care successfully recruited an alumna underrepresented minority Fellow, Dr. Nailah Adams Morancie, to serve on faculty in 2020, and she was selected for the position of Program Director in April 2021. Dr. Adams Morancie is the first woman and second physician of African descent to serve as the Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Under her guidance, we remain committed to recruiting diverse residents to our training programs.

Faculty members serve on and directly participate in our residency program’s Second Look for underrepresented minority residents as well as medical school movements such as the Resident Diversity Initiative (RDI). The Resident Diversity Initiative provides opportunities for collaboration, advocacy, and fellowship inclusive of all within our GME community.  We care for diverse populations at all of our teaching sites which include multiple racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, transgender youth, military families, immigrants, and refugees from all over the world with equitable access and exceptional standards of care. We are committed to continuing a learning environment that promotes these values.

We accomplish this goal by providing educational and leadership opportunities designed to develop excellence in all areas of our sports medicine competencies. We strive to promote the development of our trainees in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and foster personal and professional sustainability. All faculty members within our department are required to complete Bias 101 training. Furthermore, our program director was selected as the UNC School of Medicine Representative at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, gaining invaluable insight into having a mentor to guide through career achievements, and being a mentor to a diverse cadre of learners.

UNC Family Medicine Strategic Plan
The Department of Family Medicine has developed its own 2021-2026 DEI Strategic Plan. to complement and further the efforts of the UNC School of Medicine. The department views this as a living document as we continue to understand more about the changes required to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our institution.