OIDE Reflection: Past, Present and Future

By Kya Hertz CDP, Assistant Director

Since the inception of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in 2013 we have focused on the advancement of inclusion, diversity, and equity initiatives at Penn Medicine.  Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the diversity of academic scholars, scientist, and clinicians, traditionally underrepresented in medicine and science.

The events of spring 2020 resulted in an intensification of efforts that created the first strategic initiative to unite the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and the University Health System (UPHS) in efforts to build a more inclusive culture and address residual elements of structural racism. We saw over 96% of you engage in unconscious bias training, the launch of IDEAL XP, the creation of an internal infrastructure to further support efforts in the community and a review of policies and procedures to ensure a more equitable and just environment for all.

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Know that your individual efforts have made the difference in this transformation, and we thank you for your personal commitment and investment of your passion.  As we look towards the future, we plan to continue our partnership and provide more opportunities to listen, learn and improve the culture of Penn Medicine. We invite those who have either considered joining or would like to learn more to reach out to us and help shape our collective future.

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