Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy: Residency Curriculum

Established in June 2021, our resident-run curriculum encompasses 9 events throughout the year, each focusing on different topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy.

The first session took place in June and focused on raising awareness of historical racism in medicine, assess biases in the portrayal of history, and story-tell/share the resident’s personal experiences of racism in medicine after doing a review of Episode 4 of the 1619 podcast.

“Holding diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy events makes us all more well-rounded, competent providers for our patients. It puts us one step closer to understanding the disparities and struggles they face on a daily basis. As a black female provider, it has been a privilege to work alongside colleagues who are just as passionate about these topics as I am. The future of OBGYN is bright!”

Halley Staples, MD Resident

DEIA Committee Black History Month 101

Every week of February, the committee led an internal email newsletter highlighting prominent, historic Black female figures, issues relating to OBGYN, along with local Black History Month events and STL spotlights on Black-owned businesses.

  • Week 1: Activist Marsha P (“pay it no mind”) Johnson and transgender care in OBGYN 
  • Week 2: Civil rights leader and community organizer Fannie Lou Hamer and history of unwanted sterilization in OBGYN
  • Week 3: The Lacks Family – the powerful story of Henrietta and Deborah (her daughter), her HeLa cells, and the importance of ethics and consent in medical research
  • Week 4: Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens who were trailblazers for people of color and women in medicine while highlighting the importance of increasing representation and diversity among physicians

Resources from past events & meetings