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Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

"We are dedicated to providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to our patients, conducting breakthrough research, and training the very best surgeons of tomorrow.

Central to our success is a deep and unwavering commitment to preside over a welcoming and inclusive environment where all patients and team members are respected, valued and engaged."

General Surgery JEDI Taskforce Vision

The Department of Surgery is committed to creating an environment that values and celebrates diversity and inclusion to enhance patient-centered care. The General Surgery JEDI Taskforce was established in 2021 as a concerted effort by residents and faculty to:

  • Provide comprehensive, high-quality surgical care that enhances the well-being of the diversity San Diego community
  • Educate faculty and trainees in cultural competency and health equity
  • Recruit and train residents, fellows, and faculty who contribute to the diverse regional community
  • Foster an inclusive and safe practice environment for the faculty and trainees

Projects in Progress

  • Quarterly DEI events with residents and faculty
    • Microaggression training
    • DEI movie night
    • Translator training
  • Inclusion of anonymous discrimination feedback in all faculty, resident, and medical student evaluation forms
  • Establishment of holistic review for residency application process
  • Scholarship for visiting sub-internship
  • Financial support for resident membership fees to join DEI academic surgical organizations

Recent DEI-related Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

Jill Blumenthal, MD: "Providing Culturally-Sensitive and Gender-Affirming Medical Care to Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals."


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at UC San Diego