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The Department of Surgery DEI Committee is continuously working to expand on initiatives to exemplify our commitment to deliberately embed diversity, equity and inclusion into surgical training, research, service and patient care.

Some of the initiatives led or supported by members of the Department of Surgery are listed below.

Strategies to mitigate bias during residency interviews

The recruitment subcommittee worked closely with residency program leadership to create an evidence-based wholistic review of program applicants 1-9. In addition, formal implicit bias training for all faculty and resident interviewers has been implemented.


Rutgers Biomedical Health Science Building Bridges for Impact & Growth Diversity Champion Ambassadors

“Attitude is Everything: Assessing Attitudes towards Patients and Colleagues in the Department of Surgery”

Melissa M. Alvarez-Downing, MD

Amy Gore, MD

Anastasia Kunac, MD

Cultural Complications Curriculum incorporated into the Department of Surgery Morbidity & Mortality Conference

Cultural complications visual abstract

Select Grand Rounds Speakers

"Life Experiences to Develop Leadership Style”
KMarie King, MD, MS, MBA, FACS
Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief of Surgery
Albany Medical Center
February 2023

“Implicit Bias & Structural Racism’s Impact on a Diverse Workforce”
Maria L. Soto-Greene, MD, MS-HPEd, FACP
Executive Vice Dean & Professor of Medicine
Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Rutgers NJMS
September 2022


Rutgers NJMS and University Hospital Hispanic Heritage Month Health Sciences Day and Health Fair