Diversity & Inclusion
UT Southwestern strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion. We reflect the many cultures and perspectives that enable us to reach our full potential while using our individuality to deliver excellence in health care, education, and research.
The Department of Emergency Medicine fosters excellence in health care delivery, education, innovation, and discovery by recognizing the uniqueness in our patients, faculty, trainees, and staff.
With a diverse team who encompass a wide variety of life experiences, skillsets, and viewpoints, we are able to provide culturally competent care, work to decrease health disparities, and develop innovative ideas to address the needs of our patients and community.
Whatever characteristics make you unique, we are committed to help you thrive.
Dallas is home to a large, diverse population of patients. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41.7% of the city of Dallas’ inhabitants in 2019 identified as Hispanic or Latino, 24.3% as African American, and 3.4% as Asian.
45 Schools, 20 States, 3 Countries
- University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
- California Northstate University College of Medicine
- Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
- University of California Riverside School of Medicine
- Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic Univeristy
- Florida State University College of Medicine
- Nova Southeastern Univeristy Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Central Florida College of Medicine
- University of Florida College of Medicine
- University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- Louisiana State University School of Medicine
- Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
- Tulane University School of Medicine
- Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
- Saint Louis University School of Medicine
- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
- Creighton University School of Medicine
- Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Northeast Ohio Medical University
- The University of Toledo College of Medicine
- Drexel University College of Medicine
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia
- East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
- Baylor College of Medicine
- McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
- Texas Tech Univeristy Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
- University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
- University of North Texas Health Science Center at Forth Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
- University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- University of Washington School of Medicine
Women in UTSW Emergency Medicine
We are proud of our diverse faculty in both mentorship and leadership positions. Our leadership team comprises more than 40% of women physicians including:
- Deborah Diercks, M.D., Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
- Angela Gardner, M.D., Vice Chair, Administrative Affairs
- Larissa Velez, M.D., Vice Chair, Education
- Ava Pierce, M.D., Associate Chair, Diversity and Inclusion
- Ellen O’Connell, M.D., Division Chief, General Emergency Medicine
Meet Some of Our Faculty & Learners
"Diversity in our training with county, academic, and community experiences. Diversity in the patients that we see. Diversity in our faculty and each residency class. Diversity in our city. All of which allows us to gain an incredible experience to learn and have fun here at Parkland and UTSW. We have a family-oriented culture where everyone helps everyone learn and grow.”
"The Emergency Medicine program is big and great. Faculty and residents can be involved in so many things. Our vast and diverse patient population provides so many opportunities for great and interesting patient care. The large residency and many fellowships provide great teaching opportunities. This is unquestionably one of the few great places to practice EM to the fullest extent possible.”
Growing up in NYC, Dallas was a huge culture shock. Two years in, I believe it was one of the best decisions I made. What I love the most about our department is its investment in our faculty and their growth. As a result, our department is full of vibrant faculty coming from different backgrounds, each providing their own unique perspective to the practice of medicine.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
UTSW Emergency Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to increasing its efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion to further the mission of the department and the institution. We strive to create a safe environment for our department’s members and our community regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
Increased URM Recruitment
Increase the recruitment of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in our residency class, highlight the visibility of URMs and faculty in our program, and increase student mentorship in undergraduate medical education.
Participate in community outreach with the establishment of mentorship programs with local high schools, colleges, and medical schools with large proportion of URMs.
Partner with key local organizations committed to serving our community.
Diversity Built into the Curriculum
Establish a curriculum that includes discussions surrounding disparities in health outcomes in people of color and women, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant/refugee communities, and other vulnerable populations. Our curriculum also includes education in cultural competency and implicit bias.
URM Faculty Involvement
Involve URM faculty in graduate medical education to increase cultural awareness when caring for a diverse group of patients and in leading diverse teams.
Facilitate mentorship between faculty and residents to retain URM graduates in academic medicine and leadership.
“As members of our departmental family, we recognize that our collective strength and sense of unity come from the unconditional respect and celebration of our unique talent and character. We are at our best when we encourage community, diversity of thought, and conversation, so that every individual in our department may feel welcomed, empowered, and limitless.”
Associate Chair, Diversity & Inclusion
Medical Director, UT Southwestern/Parkland BioTel EMS System
Program Director, Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship
Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
Division Chief, General Emergency Medicine
Division Chief, Emergency & Disaster Global Health
Program Director, Emergency & Disaster Global Health Fellowship
Vice Chair, Education
Michael P. Wainscott, M.D., Professorship in Emergency Medicine
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency