With growing awareness of the role of diversity in the workplace, it is important to create inclusive environments. The Society is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion within SCCM and throughout the critical care profession, specifically focusing on increasing participation of underrepresented groups.
This commitment is having an impact. In the JAMA
article, “Analysis of Gender Equity in Leadership of Physician-Focused Medical Specialty Societies, 2008-2017
,” researchers ranked SCCM among the top societies with the highest number of years with women presidents.
The Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee plays an important role in supporting the values and goals detailed in SCCM’s Diversity Statement
and advancing these efforts.
Committee Chair Anthony T. Gerlach, PharmD, FCCM, said, “SCCM places a high priority on diversity and inclusion as we know that our patients come from diverse backgrounds, and we need healthcare workers from diverse backgrounds to help secure the highest-quality care.”
During the 48th Critical Care Congress, diversity and inclusion were highlighted during the Women in Critical Care Roundtable Discussions
, which covered a variety of topics related to advancing women in critical care.
Looking toward the future, the committee is continuing Society efforts to support diversity within SCCM leadership. “This is great news that SCCM is a leader of women leaders,” said Dr. Gerlach. “We are now collecting demographics and need all to help so we can accurately represent all of the Society and foster new women leaders.”
For more information, visit SCCM’s Diversity Statement
online and catch up on Critical Connections
to learn more about diversity and the critical care profession.