Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Cincinnati Med-Peds is committed to a diverse and inclusive residency program. We believe that diversity is essential to foster collaborative learning and teamwork and to provide the best care to our patients. We value diversity in all areas including race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, religion, and other life experiences. Our residents and faculty are involved in many different projects and groups to help promote diversity and inclusion in our residency program and our health system.


Internal Medicine Implicit Bias Improvement Group

In 2019, our internal medicine program selected implicit bias as one of the program’s areas for focus and improvement. The global aim of this group is to explore and reduce implicit bias as healthcare providers providing optimal care to our diverse patient population, and to promote diversity and inclusion within the residency program.

A working group comprised of resident and faculty leaders meets monthly to learn about and discuss the impact of implicit bias on patient care and our physician workforce. Our Associate Program Director, Leslie Applegate, was a key leader in this group at its inception. During the 2019-2020 academic year the group created recommendations for ways to incorporate implicit bias training into our resident education and recruitment activities. All our Med-Peds interviewers participated in implicit bias training during the 2019-2020 recruitment season and we plan to continue this curriculum for all future recruitment seasons. These efforts have helped sustain and expand an annual implicit bias academic half day session and promote the recruitment of increasingly diverse resident classes.

LGBTQ Working Group

During the 2020-2021 academic year, a group of our residents and primary care faculty members have formed a team focused on healthcare for LGBTQ patients. The goals of this group are to understand the challenges and barriers that LGBTQ patients face when interacting with the healthcare system, to examine our own clinic policies and procedures to ensure they are welcoming to all patients, and to improve the care that we provide to LGBTQ patients through provider education and practice changes. We look forward to seeing the results of this great education and work in our clinic!

Minority Housestaff Association

Our graduate medical education community has formed this multi-specialty group to promote the inclusion of under-represented housestaff. We are proud to say that our PGY-4 resident, Tony Casillas, is the co-president of this association along with Sarah Maples, a PGY-3 Family & Community Medicine Resident.

The mission of the Minority Housestaff Association is to create opportunities for the advancement of under-represented housestaff through mentorship, networking, professional development and community engagement while promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion across the UC Health System.

The group works to support one another across specialties, create community through various events, and to recruit exceptional prospective applicants. The senior and junior faculty advisors are Nita Walker, MD, and Bi Awosika, MD, who both belong to the Internal Medicine faculty. More information can be found on the Minority Housestaff Association facebook page.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is committed to increasing the number of qualified underrepresented minority medical students, residents, and faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. ODEI is under the leadership of Associate Dean Mia Mallory, MD, and Assistant Dean Lisa Johnson, MD. More information can be found on the ODEI website.

ODEI hosts a Diversity Second Look Event every year to introduce you to our diverse residents and faculty, as well as showcase our city and demonstrate the health disparities in Cincinnati. Please contact ODEI for more details.


In January 2020, UCHealth named Jeanetta Darno, SPHR, as the health system’s first diversity officer. We are so grateful to be a part of a medical system that values leaders who will lead efforts to advance the health system’s culture of inclusion and the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels. Ms. Darno brings a strong track record of effecting positive change and we are so excited to move forward with her leadership! You can meet Ms. Darno here!

Alumni Spotlight

Monique Jindal, MD, UC/CCHMC Med-Peds Class of 2017 and Med-Peds Chief 2017-2018, is currently a third-year general academics fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. Her academic career goal is to inform both provider-level and community-level interventions to mitigate health disparities for minorities, particularly those driven by racism. She believes that it is essential to combat racism at each of its levels: interpersonal, internalized, and structural. During her chief residency at UC/CCHMC she created and delivered a racism in medicine curriculum for our pediatrics and Med-Peds residents. Since then she has continued her work in this field and earned recognition for her work including the highly sought-after Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award, to study the impact of this curriculum on resident empathy levels and racial attitudes in both Baltimore and Cincinnati. Dr. Jindal is also working with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on enhancing diversity in children’s literature offered during well child visits. On a structural level, she is conducting a systematic review on the association of police interactions and poor health outcomes for Black youth. This deep dive into the literature has allowed her to also actively contribute to the creation of an AAP policy statement on policing and child health. Most recently, Dr. Jindal was named one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 leaders in minority health. We are SO PROUD of Dr. Jindal’s many accomplishments and thankful for her leadership towards a more equitable future in healthcare!


More Information

For more information on the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, please contact us at:

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
UC Department of Internal Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
Mail Location 0535
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0535

Phone: 513-584-0397
Fax: 513-584-0369

Program Director:
Jennifer K. O’Toole, MD, MEd, SFHM
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

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