Health disparities

Graduate Medical Education at Wayne State includes a Health Disparities component as a standard part of the resident onboarding process, with brief introductory sessions provided during Orientation, the assignment of online modules on "Basics of Health Equity for GME," "Improving Health Equity," "Managing Unconscious Bias," and "Racism in Medicine," and the administration of both Health Disparities and Cultural Competency cases during each summer OSCE training. GME strongly encourages all residency programs to include training in health disparities and the social determinants of health as a regular part of didactics and in the forefront of clinical practice. In our Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Transitional Year programs at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, residents and faculty collaborate with community partners and university specialists to develop quality improvement projects designed to improve health outcomes for underserved populations. Residents in our MIDOCS-supported programs, Family Medicine/Urban Track and Preventive Medicine, participate in QI projects addressing health disparities.

GME maintains and regularly updates a Health Disparities Canvas site to provide programs with comprehensive resources for developing and implementing health disparities curricula as a standard component of residency training and research.

In accord with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Directive, residency programs will require trainees to complete implicit bias training. The WSU School of Medicine, SEMCME, and MSMS offer implicit bias training modules for residents, faculty, and physicians in practice.

For more information, contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga.