Embracing Diversity

What does it mean to commit to diversity? 

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We’ve long known that radiology is one of the least-diverse specialties, lagging behind much of medicine when it comes to participation by women and under represented minorities. But knowing this is not the same as doing something about it. Now is the time to move past awareness and take steps to conquer our biases as well as attract and welcome a more diverse set of physicians into our specialty.

As chair of the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity, I’ve realized that part of the solution lies in acknowledging our biases and learning to “walk boldly toward them” as activist Vernã Myers puts it. The ACR and the Commission are committed to policies and programs that address the shortage of women and underrepresented minorities in the radiological profession.

We want to attract, train, and support radiology professionals who are responsive to the needs of each other and to the needs of our diverse patients. We should invest in education and mentoring. We need to encourage and support leaders who embrace diversity as a source of excellence and strength, and who recognize that diverse teams are more creative and
productive. We will only move the needle on creating the specialty our patients deserve if we are willing to walk boldly toward the barriers that hold us back.

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By Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR

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