Diversity in Our Program

Underrepresented in Medicine Applicants

Thank you for considering UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for your pediatric residency. At Rainbow, we believe that a diverse cohort of residents positively impacts the cultural competency and teamwork that is essential to excellent patient care. We value diversity and are moving towards building a residency program that reflects our values.

This recruitment season our current underrepresented in medicine (URM)residents will be hosting Zoom meetings for URM applicants interested in becoming a member of the UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s family. We plan to host a Zoom meeting in August before applications are submitted and then several Zoom meetings during the interview season to supplement the interview “Zoom dinners” with our residents.

Our African American, Latino, and LGBTQ residents will be there to answer your questions about our X+Y schedule, Women and Children’s Center, our patient population, life in Cleveland and so much more. These residents will also be available via email thereafter. We hope connecting with our residents will emphasize the opportunities and support here at Rainbow to learn and thrive as a pediatric resident and beyond.

For additional information on our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, please read our Social Justice and Equity information below.

Social Justice in Medicine

UH Social Justice & Equity Team

The mission of the UH Social Justice & Equity team is to convene hospital leadership, practitioners, researchers and diverse caregivers from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve the seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice within our system. We will foster exhaustive research, research-based policy, innovation, data-driven education and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. UH is working toward building an anti-racist society that ensures equity and justice for the diverse communities we serve.

Six pillars have been selected as the foundations for the formation of realistic objectives:

  • Pillar 1: Educate our leaders and all employees about the history of racism that continues to result in what we see today as disparities in health care and resultant poor health outcomes
  • Pillar 2: Define a part of innovative leadership as the ability to advance social justice and equity as a leader
  • Pillar 3: Investigate/address biases, discrimination, and racism/white supremacy
  • Pillar 4: Accountability
  • Pillar 5: Disseminate best practices and next practices
  • Pillar 6: Funding

To further the above mission and pillars, the UH Rainbow Pediatric Residency has dedicated its annual residency theme to being upstanders. An executive committee of residency leadership, faculty, chief residents, and residents is now meeting to set up our platform for the coming year. At the core of this we believe in:

  1. Promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion among residents and faculty that will positively impact the cultural competency and teamwork of our residency that is essential to excellent patient care.
  2. Providing our residents with mentorship, career development, and personal growth in regards to social justice and equity.
  3. Recruiting underrepresented in medicine medical students for our residency and retaining them as faculty once their training is complete.
  4. Supporting our community through programming to help mitigate the impact the Social Determinants of Health have on the wellbeing of our patients.
  5. Advocating for legislation that addresses the inequities based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity.