EQUITY AND INCLUSION

 

Statement of Values

The Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program recognizes the value of diversity, inclusion and equity.

We believe in fostering an environment that empowers residents of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic statuses, ages and life experiences to thrive.

We commit ourselves to addressing systemic racism, individual biases and other barriers in order to promote a safe and supportive environment in which all residents may realize their full potential as Family Physicians.

 

This statement of values was adopted by the VCMC Family Medicine Residency Program's core faculty and resident body.  The residency's Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee, comprised of residents, fellows and faculty, is charged with developing programs in line with the statement and bringing a lens of inclusion to the residency's work.  It allies with the Ventura County Medical System's Diversity and Inclusion committee, but with a primary focus of issues of equity and inclusion within the residency program.

For more on this topic, the STFM has an excellent Antiracism and Health Equity initiative, with good original information and links to outside resources.

 

EQUITY INITIATIVES

The Residency Program, County of Ventura and its Health Care Agency take equity seriously.  Learn more about some of our efforts.

RESIDENCY INITIATIVES

The Residency Program has consultants to assess our environment and educate our leadership on best practices in equity in medical education.  We've incorporated Inclusion Cases into our residency didactics and have a speakers series with nationally-recognized speakers.  We have a coaching program to pair interns for mentorship with attendings who share elements their backgrounds.  And we run a number of pipeline programs for high school and college students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.

OUTREACH TO MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES

Ventura County's groundbreaking Farmworker Resource Program ensures appropriate working conditions and access to services.  Our PRIDE clinic, started by a VCMC FM alumnus, is the only facility in the county offering comprehensive care for transgender patients including gender affirming hormonal therapies and surgeries.  The residency's Backpack Medicine program, in partnership with the County's Whole Person Care team, brings medical care and services to the unhoused.  

COUNTY-WIDE DEI EFFORTS

The County of Ventura, guided by the Health Care Agency and Department of Public Health, issued a declaration that racism is a public health crisis, paving the way for collaboration across the county government to remove barriers to wellness for minority groups.  The residency collaborates with Equity and Inclusion committees in the Health Care Agency and County CEO's office to host initiatives such as Health Equity Grand Rounds and investigations into healthcare disparities. 

 

CURIOUS?

If you are considering training here and want to know more about the residents' experience of inclusion, contact our office - we can put you in touch with a resident for a conversation.