"As the equity, diversity and inclusion leader for Duke Anesthesiology, I am honored and humbled to lead such a diverse, passionate and dedicated group of faculty, residents, and fellows united by a shared vision." - Dr. Jennifer Dominguez

Vision

To eliminate health disparities in perioperative and pain medicine.

Whether you are considering joining our community, or have been a member of it for many years, we invite you to learn more about our department’s efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, and about how members of our department and the School of Medicine have responded to the health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and pledged to eliminate racism by turning Moments into Movement.

The following core operating values influence the culture of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program within Duke Anesthesiology, and support and align with the departmental and institutional core values. In addition to the values of the greater organization, we will embody the following core values:

Inclusion, Empathy, Humility, Holistic, Collaboration

Our Mission

The mission of the Duke Anesthesiology EDI program is to cultivate a just and inclusive culture in which individuals thrive and are dedicated to alleviating suffering, improving health and well-being, and promoting social justice for all through excellence in innovation, education, research, service, and professional growth.

Our Strategic Pillars

EDI Pillars - Representation, Education, Environment & Culture, Quality & Patient Care, Research

Representation

  • We provide mentorship and support to students and trainees and foster an educational environment that is equitable and inclusive.
  • We examine and dismantle systemic barriers that have limited the advancement of marginalized groups.

Education

  • Provide educational resources, programming, outreach, and learning opportunities that promote access and equity to all members of our department, including within the curricula of our graduate medical education programs.

Environment & Culture

  • We avail ourselves of opportunities to listen to stakeholders, and foster a departmental culture that empowers the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of learners, faculty, and staff.
  • We encourage the participation of faculty, trainees, and staff in community outreach/service programs to foster community within the department and strengthen relationships with the community.

Quality and Patient Care

  • We uphold the highest quality in our clinical endeavors including identifying and eliminating health disparities where they exist and advancing compassionate and equitable care for our patients.
  • We align our mission and actions through meaningful accountability measures and data to ensure progress on goals related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Research

  • We champion equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarly and research activities by cultivating opportunities for collaboration and community across the department, institution, and community.

EDI Leadership Team

The members of the Duke Anesthesiology EDI Leadership Team are a diverse group of faculty, residents, fellows and staff that represents the efforts and voices of a broad spectrum of the department.

Interim Associate Vice Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Education Champions

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Medical Student Education Champion

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Trainee Recruitment Champion

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Faculty Champion - TBA

Fellow Champions

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow

Resident Champions

CA-1 Resident
CA-1 Resident

Quality and Safety Champion

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Research Equity Champion

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Global Health Equity Champion

Professor of Anesthesiology

Administrative Support

Administrative Support

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Medical students at a workshop.
Medical students attending a training workshop.

Fourth-Year Visiting Scholars Program

Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) medical students who have been accepted for a 4th year visiting anesthesiology elective may be eligible to apply for funding to support travel and living expenses during their visiting elective within the Department of Anesthesiology.

The goal of the program is to provide financial support for URiM students in their last year of medical school to gain clinical exposure for one month in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. The department will support 2 to 3 awards annually to qualified URiM medical students.

The following qualifications will be required:

  • 4th-year URiM student in good standing at a US medical school
  • Acceptance into a 4th year visiting medical student rotation in the Duke Department of Anesthesiology. Visiting medical student rotations are administrated by the Duke School of Medicine and applications are submitted through VSLO.
  • Submission of an online Visiting Scholars Program application and personal statement to the Department of Anesthesiology.
  • US citizenship or legal resident status
Medical students attending a lecture.
Medical students attending a lecture.

Visiting scholars will be provided financial support for housing as well as reimbursement for travel and their application processing fee up to a maximum of $4,000 per student.

In addition, visiting scholars will meet AIC faculty and trainees, but acceptance to the Visiting Scholars Program does not guarantee a residency interview with our department. Applications will be reviewed and scholars selected by a committee of AIC faculty.

This program will be consistent with the objectives of the existing Duke SoM 4th-year medical student elective program.

If you are interested in our 4th-Year Visiting Scholars Program, please complete this survey so that we can assist you.

School of Medicine Affinity Groups via the Multicultural Resource Center

Duke Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG)
The Duke Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) aims to increase awareness of the spectrum of clinical practice in anesthesiology and encourage medical students to explore career opportunities within the field of anesthesiology.

Critical Care Medicine Fellows
Critical Care Medicine Fellows (2019)

Each year, Duke Anesthesiology will support the attendance of URM trainees at professional national affinity meetings:

Duke Office of Graduate Medical Education’s Resident and Fellow Organizations

Duke Minority Housestaff Association
The Duke GME Housestaff Association for Sexual and Gender Diversity welcomes resident, fellow, and faculty members of Duke GME who identify as a sexual or gender minority, as well as allies whose professional goals align with our tenets.

Duke Anesthesiology Residents
Duke Anesthesiology Residents (2022)

Black Men in Medicine
The Black Men in Medicine (BMIM) initiative aims to develop and support the needs of black male faculty, students, trainees and learners in the School of Medicine and to cultivate future healthcare and biomedical science professionals to address the historical underrepresentation of black men in medicine.

Coalition of Black Physicians
Founded in 2014 by African-American resident physicians in Durham, North Carolina, CBP represents a community of talented individuals who are ready to tackle inequality in healthcare. In our community, unapologetic blackness and excellence go hand-in-hand.  Our actions will speak volumes to those who will not hear our words.  Join us on our journey.

Housestaff Association for Sexual and Gender Diversity
The Duke GME Housestaff Association for Sexual and Gender Diversity welcomes resident, fellow, and faculty members of Duke GME who identify as a sexual or gender minority, as well as allies whose professional goals align with our tenets.

Resident Council
The Resident Council is a peer-selected group of GME residents and fellows who are responsible for representing resident concerns and issues variety of capacities at the institutional level.

URM Faculty Development Postdoctoral Fellowship

Duke Anesthesiology recognizes the gap and common impediments to the development of URM physician-scientists. We are initiating a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Biostatistics for URM junior faculty.

The fellowship will be for a minimum of 12 months after residency/fellowship training. The rationale is to introduce young URM physicians to clinical research and to provide the foundation that is often missing or inadequate for development and advancement as a clinician/scientist—a need present for the majority of young physicians, including those who identify as a URM. Up to two qualifying applicants will be accepted annually.

In brief, this postdoctoral program will involve:

  • An application process as part of the “pipeline” process and in concert with the ICDA. URM residents and fellows who are already under the guidance of the ICDA will be encouraged to pursue the MFDP.
  • Matching of selected applicant and senior mentor(s) based on common areas of interest
  • Enrollment in a Biostatistics and Epidemiology Master’s Program
  • Participation in and completion of a Clinical Research Protocol
  • Participation in and completion of a Grant Application Training
  • Fulfill ONE day per week of clinical duties as a Junior Attending (this responsibility is required, and will be the source of salary support for the MFDP).

The salary support will be $70,000 per year, derived from a clinical commitment of one day per week. Additionally, the department will support indirect costs to include benefits, malpractice insurance, and costs related to required educational expenses, such as the biostatistics and epidemiology classes.

Woman Scientist Investigator Award

To promote the development of women scientists in our department, we established a special consideration of women faculty applicants for our DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG). First launched in 2010, DIG is an annual competition held among Duke Anesthesiology faculty members. Competitors submit their most innovative research ideas to a panel of judges for review. Proposals best demonstrating the ideal blend of ingenuity and practicality are selected by the DREAM Innovation Grant Committee, and winners are announced at the department’s annual ASA alumni reception.

Left to Right: Leah Acker, MD, PhD; Anne Cherry, MD; Jennifer Dominguez, MD, MHS; Lisa Einhorn, MD
Left to Right: Ulrike Hoffmann, MD, PhD; Qing Ma, MD; Katherine Martucci, PhD; Marie-Louise Meng, MD
Left to Right: Andrea Nackley, PhD; Mary Yurashevich, MD, MPH

Duke Anesthesiology’s Faculty Development Program

Duke University School of Medicine’s Underrepresented Faculty Development

Duke University School of Medicine’s ADVANCE-UP (Academic DeVelopment, Advocacy, Networking, Coaching and Education for Underrepresented Populations) program

Alumni of ADVANCE-UP within Duke Anesthesiology include Drs. Terrence Allen, Alex Cravanas, Jennifer Dominguez, Mandisa-Maia Jones, Yasmine Maisonave, and Hector Martinez-Wilson.

Left to Right: Terrence Allen, MBBS; Alex Cravanas, MD, FASA, MBA; Jennifer Dominguez, MD, MHS; Mandisa-Maia Jones, MD, FASE
Left to Right: Yasmin Maisonave, MD; Hector Martinez-Wilson, MD, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine’s ALICE (Academic Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement) program

Left to Right: Brandi Bottiger, MD; Elizabeth Malinzak, MD, FASA; Erin Manning, MD, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine’s Black Men in Medicine

Terrence Allen, MBBS

Duke University School of Medicine’s Getting Back to Basics (URM Basic Science Faculty)

Additional faculty development opportunities:

ME² Black Employee Resource Group

Duke Advancing Latine/Hispanic Excellence (¡DALHE!) is an employee resource group for Latino and Hispanic staff. To learn more about joining ¡DALHE! send an email to Latino_HispanicERG@duke.edu.  

Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion

Duke’s Anti-Racism Resources

Duke’s Resources for Understanding and Confronting Racism and Its Impact

Workshops Through Racial Equity Institute, LLC

RADAR: Raising Anesthesiology Diversity and Anti-Racism

Women in Duke Medicine: Online Exhibit

Sarah J. Dent, MD
Sarah J. Dent, MD

Interfaith Calendar and Inclusive Holiday Observations

Timeline of Selected Events

1944 – “Dr. Ruth Martin is the first physician anesthetist in the hospital.” Did you know?: the first physician anesthesiologist at Duke was a woman! 

1955 – “Dr. Sara Dent joins the faculty in the Department of Surgery. She will become professor and chair of anesthesiology in Duke Hospital in 1968.” Did you know?: Dr. Dent was the first chair (acting) of Duke Anesthesiology after it became an independent department separate from Duke Surgery in 1970.

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