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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cast Your Net Wide: Profiles in Diversity with Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS

The ACS Committee on Diversity Issues–Profiles in Diversity series spotlights surgeon leaders who thread diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout their careers and work. Through interviewing ACS Fellows, each interviewee shares their story of incorporating DEI into their career and offers tips for integrating concepts and best practices into your professional career and practice.

Mio Kitano, MD, FACS, Committee on Diversity Issues YFA Liaison, sat down with Electron Kebebew, MD, FACS, Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr. and Mark L. Welton Endowed Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, and chief of general surgery, Stanford Healthcare, CA.

Dr. Kebebew offers key insights to ensure a strong foundation of DEI at both the individual and organizational levels.

  • Even as the concept of DEI has evolved throughout the years, for Dr. Kebebew, diversity means building the best team you can develop where every stakeholder in the team brings a different perspective.
  • It is critical to cast a wide net when recruiting faculty and trainees, including residents and medical students, to ensure DEI. Surgeons treat a diverse patient population. Patients need to have a diverse team to deliver the best clinical care. Similarly, trainees are increasingly from diverse backgrounds. There must be a diverse group of faculty who can educate and train the next generation of physicians.
  • Every individual has something to offer based on their shared experiences. It is critical to seek out mentors, colleagues, and career advisors from diverse backgrounds to develop a broad perspective. It is also essential to get out of our comfort zone to understand our "blind spots" for unconscious/implicit bias. Another way to combat unconscious/implicit bias is to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.

Listen to the full interview and learn more about Dr. Kebebew's leadership experience and efforts to incorporate DEI practices into his surgical career.

Apply for ACS Board of Regents Taskforce on Racial Issues Innovative Grant for DEI and Anti-Racism Initiatives

The ACS Board of Regents (BoR) Taskforce on Racial Issues has announced a matching grant program focused on funding innovative and impactful research projects and programs dealing with DEI, and anti-racism issues. The ACS intends to catalyze efforts of professional societies, academic departments of surgery, and surgeons in all surgical specialties, toward the goal of advancing anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in the field of surgery.

The ACS BoR Taskforce on Racial Issues is soliciting innovative proposals and programs that will improve the diversity and gender balance of our surgical workforce and its cultural competency, enrich the pipeline of underrepresented in medicine surgeons, and reduce the disparities in the delivery of health care, particularly in the equitable management of surgery-related diseases. The taskforce encourages the submission of innovative anti-racism DEI programs that can be used as templates for wide dissemination throughout the College's network.

Grant Details

This request for application is open to all surgical professional societies, departments of surgery, or group practices. The taskforce will award eight grants—four $25,000 grants and four $50,000 grants—for one year, with an identical amount matched by the society, department, or practice (entity).

Any Fellow in good standing with the ACS may apply as the principal investigator or project lead on the grant application.

Applications are due by September 1, 2021. Visit the ACS website for application information and to apply.