I am honored and delighted to have been named the inaugural Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. This position and its equivalents in other departments across the medical school was created to accelerate efforts already underway to promote a diverse clinical, administrative, and research workforce, foster inclusion, and to advance equity in clinical care, education, and research.
In our department, my work will capitalize on and extend culture change efforts started by Dr. Lee Fleisher, immediate past chair and Robert Dunning Dripps Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. For my first year in the position (AY21), my major goal is to create a three- to five-year strategic plan that relates to inclusion, diversity, and equity, touching all the missions of the department, including clinical practice, research, and teaching and education. I will work with the Chair and with the other Vice Chairs to ensure transparent and equitable processes for recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement and to interrogate our clinical practices with an eye toward equity and anti-racism.
Additional initiatives for AY21 include formation of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism) committee, disaggregation of clinical outcomes data by race, ethnicity, gender, and other demographic variables, and active recruitment of faculty, fellows, and residents who are underrepresented in medicine.
I welcome any thoughts or suggestions and I invite you to explore this web page to learn more about our inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts in the Department, the School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Meghan B. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP, FCCM
Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
David E. Longnecker Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care