Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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Welcome to the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Page! (diversityinclusion@emra.org)
Vidya Eswaran, MD
Northwestern University
Vice Chair
Abdullah Pratt, MD
University of Chicago
Staff Liaison
Cathey Wise
Board Liaison, Director of Membership
Shehni Nadeem, MD
Baylor College of Medicine 

LMSA liaison: Juliana Jaramillo, MD (SUNY - Downstate)
ADIEM liaison: Brittney Mull, MD, MPH (Harbor UCLA Medical Center)
SNMA/NMA liaison: Kristyn Smith, DO (Albert Einstein Medical Center)
AWAEM liaison: Amy Waldner, MD (Hospital of University of Pennsylvania)
GLMA liaison: Katie Lupez, MD (Carolinas Medical Center)
NAAMA liaison: Jamal Taha, MD (Denver Health Medical Center)

Join our Committee! 

EMRA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mission

  1. To promote and support diversity and inclusion for medical students and EM physicians-in-training on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, culture, disability, spirituality, and other characteristics; through education, collaboration, advocacy and research.
  2. To promote increased diversity and inclusion of individuals underrepresented in emergency medicine to better match our patient population through promotion of pipeline, mentorship, and career development programs.
  3. To promote equal access to quality healthcare and the elimination of disparities in treatment and outcomes through resident education and research.

Join us! Interested in learning more about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee? Send us an email at diversityinclusion@email.org and join our Committee!

Diversity and Inclusion Interview

Dr Heron

Dr. Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP speaks with EMRA member Brittney Mull on her journey in emergency medicine and how and why diversity and inclusion are important in our specialty.


Dr. Sheryl Heron is a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus, and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRCE) at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is currently on ACEP's Diversity and Inclusion task force. She is an editor of the first textbook in Emergency Medicine on Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on wellness and work-live balance, diversity and disparities care in emergency medicine as well as the medical response to intimate partner violence.

The Value of Diversity and Inclusion

Brittney Mull "Diversity and Inclusion is about acknowledging and embracing the unique perspective that each one of us harbors in an attempt to better serve our patients, our communities, and fellow colleagues. I joined the EMRA D&I committee because I want to highlight the voices within our community that often go unheard and celebrate the diversity which makes our lives so rich" - Brittney Mull, MD, MPH Harbor UCLA
“The Emergency Department is the most socially diverse environment many of us will ever encounter. By virtue of our public-oriented practice, our patients regularly differ from us in any number of ways, whether by race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status. Increasing diversity among emergency physicians and fostering an inclusive environment both improves the care our patients receive and makes our own work experience even more rewarding.” - Emily Cleveland Manchanda, MD, MPH, PGY3 HAEMR Emily Cleveland MD
Kristyn Smith DO “In many underserved communities across the United States, the ED is a safety net for those in need of medical care. Oftentimes these patients present with multiple acute and chronic conditions as a result of health disparities. Studies show that minority physicians tend to practice in underserved communities 1 and a diverse physician workforce increases patient satisfaction and patient health outcomes.” - Kristyn J Smith, DO, Albert Einstein Medical Center
From the Diversity that allows genetic variation to drive evolution through the survival of the fittest, to the Diversity of cultural experiences that drives how we relate to our patients in the moments most critical to their survival; having diversity is a positive force. As the challenges of serving a diverse patient population continue to rise in our healthcare system, it is our core responsibility to ensure we are as educated in our understanding of their diverse experiences as possible, to provide better health outcomes for all. - Abdullah Hasan-Pratt, MD, University of Chicago Abdullah Hassan-Pratt
Juliana Jaramillo "Everything we do is centered around the patients we serve. Our patients include people from different parts of the country and world; all with different cultures, race, gender, religion, and languages. In order to be able to better relate and understand those we are providing care for, our physicians must also reflect this and be equally as diverse." - Juliana Jaramillo, MD,  SUNY Downstate
As EM physicians we have the privilege to care for each and every patient who comes through our doors - regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or religion. With this privilege, also comes a great responsibility - to ensure that every patient receives the best care possible. It is imperative to this mission that we foster a work environment that is welcoming and accessible to all; where we view differences not as impediments but as opportunities to learn from others, and where mutual respect leads to greatness. We owe this to ourselves and to our patients. - Vidya Eswaran, MD, Northwestern McGaw Medical Center Vidya Eswaran
Garth Walker Our ability to offer innovative ideas and solutions to many of the challenges our communities experience is enhanced when we have an intentional mix of individuals with many experiences, backgrounds and thoughts working together in a health care system that is inherently diverse and complex. Understanding the value of D and I allows us to send a message to our nation and to disadvantaged populations – who may lack voices – that we care. - Garth Walker, MD, University of Chicago

Helpful Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Implicit Association Testing

Away Rotations/Scholarships for URM students

EMRA Hangout on Diversity and Inclusion in EM

EMResident: Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine



EM is filled with brilliant thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds. We want to chronicle their ideas and experiences to inspire a new generation of diverse EM physicians.


Why reinvent the wheel? There are many great organizations like SNMA, LMSA, ADIEM, FEMinEM, AWEP, etc already working on great projects related to D&I. Our committee will team up with these organizations to help and spread the word about the great work that they do.

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