Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Statement:

We, at the emergency medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, recognize our position in serving an immensely diverse, and equally underserved community in Paterson, NJ. 

We aspire to create and sustain a community where all of our diverse perspectives are taken into account. To achieve this, we must also create a safe space where residents and core faculty alike feel secure and welcome so that all voices are heard.

We aim to strive for health equity by recruiting diverse and culturally competent physicians as residents and core faculty, continually educating our physicians on issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other social determinants of health, and reaching out to our surrounding community. 

Goals:

  1. Recruit, retain, and mentor minoritized residents
  2. Recruit, retain, and ensure the success of minoritized core faculty
  3. Educate about and address health disparities
  4. Participate in social justice endeavors within our local community
  5. Support our minority students, residents, faculty, and patients
  6. Create a safe space for advocacy of both residents and patients
  7. Create a space where minority educators are considered for their expertise in fields outside of diversity
  8. Continue to ask how we can be better allies

Contact Us:

Have any questions, an idea you want to share, or want to learn more about the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee? E-mail us! stjoesedi@gmail.com

Initiatives

  • Morning Report: one-morning report per block is dedicated to education on health disparities, cultural competency, socioeconomic determinants of health, anti-racism, gender inequality, LGBTQ+ issues and more!
  • Journal Club: every other journal club during our Wednesday conference will showcase an article that addresses health disparities, socioeconomic determinants of health, anti-racism work, gender inequality, LGBTQ+ issues and more!
  • Monthly Screenings with BLM Paterson: the first Friday of every month, a few emergency medicine residents and faculty participate in glucose/blood pressure screening and education of the community as part of Black Lives Matter Paterson’s “Everybody Eats Program.”
  • Stop The Bleed Trainings: we have conducted numerous Stop The Bleed trainings in Paterson in partnership with BLM Paterson
  • Gaza5K: we have our “Silk City Runner” Team register for the UNRWA sponsored Gaza5K every year and raise money that goes towards programs that give psychosocial support to children in Gaza with PTSD .
  • Afghan Refugee Fundraiser 2022: we raised ~$3,200. About $1,800 was used to purchase supplies, which were dropped off to Mommies Heart to Heart. The remaining money was donated to the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton who will be supplying the families at the New Jersey Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (where the refugees are currently staying as they await resettlement) with basic necessities in the short term and working on getting a case worker to help them navigate their new government system for more long term assistance.

Blog Posts

Coming soon!

Diversity Sub-Internship Scholarship

We, at the Emergency Medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, recognize our position in serving an immensely diverse, and equally underserved community in Paterson, NJ. 

We aim to strive for health equity by recruiting diverse and culturally competent physicians as residents and core faculty, continually educating our physicians on issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other social determinants of health, and reaching out to our surrounding community. 

We believe that our diversity in patients warrants diversity in our physicians. We also recognize the systems that are in place that place minoritized medical students at a disadvantage with completing sub-internships away from home. 

It is for this reason that we are happy to offer two $500 scholarships for rotating MS-4s from underrepresented backgrounds in order to assist with the economic burden of doing an away sub-internship at our hospital. 

Thank you for considering us. We look forward to teaching you and learning from you during your time with us.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Medical students in their 4th year of training from a traditionally underrepresented race/ethnicity (Black, Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian), gender identification, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in good standing at an accredited medical school.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Please submit the following documentation to our Student Chiefs (sjrmcer@gmail.com) and CC the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (stjoesedi@gmail.com) to be considered for the scholarship:

  • An EM rotation application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Write an essay addressing the following topic (no more than 500 words):
    • Describe challenges that you have faced as an underrepresented minority and how you plan to use those experiences when caring for underserved populations

HOW ARE RECIPIENTS SELECTED?

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of attendings and residents to select the most qualified candidates. 

All candidates will be notified of their decision 8-12 weeks prior to the start of their rotation.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

All applications will be due on May 1st, 2022. 

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Two medical students during the months of August-November will receive a $500 stipend for expenses associated with completing their rotation. 

The stipend will be given as a check as reimbursement for living expenses at the close of the rotation.

QUESTIONS?

Please email questions to our Student Chiefs (sjrmcer@gmail.com) and EDI committee (stjoesedi@gmail.com)

St Joes Em Clerkship Application