Diversity and Inclusion at Temple EM

We aspire to a residency that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. We recognize we have a long way to go to achieve this goal, but we are listening, learning and working to do better.


And our aim doesn’t stop at representation. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for our residents and promoting equitable care for our patients and the community we serve. We want to ensure the trainees we recruit are supported so that they can thrive at Temple! Residency program research, education and service are informed by the principles of solidarity and social justice.

Our Philosophy

Click above to see a summary of our core tenets and initiatives 

At Temple EM We Believe:

  • Racism is a public health crisis

  • The community we serve in North Philadelphia experiences a high burden of morbidity & mortality because of systemic racism and other forms of discrimination

  • The patients we care for are strong and resilient

  • The trust and safety our patients feel in our emergency departments is paramount

  • Diverse and inclusive teams are stronger

  • Patients with lived experience of racism and discrimination benefit from being cared for by team members who are from groups that have been marginalized and systemically disadvantaged

  • Hospitals and healthcare workers propagate bias and systemic racism, and therefore health inequities

  • Healthcare team members who are privileged must work to dismantle institutional racism by centering and amplifying the voices of those who are not

  • We can learn and do better for our patients, our teams and our community

Some of Our Initiatives Include:


  • A revamped holistic application screening process focused on finding candidates that are most aligned with the mission of Temple

  • The hiring of three new faculty members and one fellow who are BIPOC and each bring unique talents and strengths to our department

  • EM faculty created and continue to lead the institution-wide Temple GME Showcase for Applicants who are underrepresented in medicine



  • Development of a monthly structural competency series at didactics which features community experts

  • Creation of a “Race and Medicine” active learning session

  • Hosting of an EM-specific unconscious bias training session for faculty and residents

  • Kicking off intern orientation 2020 with a panel of experts from community-based organizations in North Philadelphia

  • Discussion of bias in evaluation at the Clinical Competency Committee

  • Faculty training on LGBTQ Affirming Practices. In addition, some faculty have completed additional coursework to have this special designation on their Temple Health profile. (bit.ly/3kZqU9y)

  • EM faculty led the creation of a cross-specialty Social Medicine Book Club

  • EM faculty and residents created a Redlining Primer as part of orientation for all incoming residents and fellows

  • An EM faculty member co-organized the Temple Health Action Against Racism Demonstration this past summer


  • Funding is available for residents who are URM to attend professional development opportunities like conferences and leadership training.

  • There is a welcome event and leadership seminar series specifically for house staff who are URM sponsored by the LKSOM Office of Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion (OHEDI).

  • Robust EM faculty advising and mentorship

  • There is a listserve for all minority house staff to share events and topics of interest with others in GME

  • Monthly diversity dialogues hosted by OHEDI

  • Our department Chair developed and championed the disruptive physician pathway for the health system, which provides a mechanism for safe reporting of any harassment or discrimination

  • Residents and faculty have the opportunity to take classes with the LKSOM Center for Urban Bioethics. (bit.ly/32c8qvf)



  • Many of our residents, faculty and other team members are involved in projects to advance health equity for our patients. See our Social EM page for more information.

  • Our department was recognized for these efforts by the medical school for excellence in education with the Community Outreach Award this fall.

  • Our department developed a dedicated leadership position for Director of Health Equity and Community Engagement, which is currently held by one of our APDs.

  • One faculty member holds a dual appointment with our Center for Urban Bioethics, and has been a leader in social EM initiatives like voter registration and healthcare disparities research.

  • Opportunities for additional projects and partnerships focused on social justice and health equity abound!