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Enhancing Diversity and Professional Development Through Mentorship

This article was first published in the May/June/July 2019 issue of Critical Connections.

Fostering diversity is an ideal that we strive to achieve in our profession. However, if asked to recall specific examples from the past year in which we have actively participated in promoting diversity in the critical care workforce, many of us might fall short. Women and certain ethnic minorities (specifically, Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders) continue to be underrepresented in a variety of medical and allied health professions.1,2 Representation of other identity categories relevant to the practice of medicine, such as socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and religion, remains unknown. Critical care practitioners care for patients and families during the most vulnerable moments of their lives and play an important role in the crucial conversations surrounding the goals of their care. In such situations, cultural sensitivity plays an important role in the outcomes and satisfaction of patients and families with the care provided. Our success in this field is closely related to our ability to create a culture that identifies, fosters, and encourages the professional development of minority leaders...

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