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Leadership in URM Recruitment
Evolution in Anesthesiology yields significant improvements
Noticeable changes have made the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine the focus of considerable attention – for all the right reasons. During the past 16 months, 50 percent of new hires in the department have been female, which is higher than the national norms and the UC Davis Health average. And 25 percent of your new hires have been members of underrepresented minority (URM) groups, which is substantially higher than the UC Davis and national averages. Are such demonstrable results the product of more focused recruitment, or has something changed about the culture of the department?
Yes, and yes.
The Department of Anesthesiology is among several departments that stood out in the first Departmental Diversity Report that the Office of Academic Personnel compiled and released in autumn 2016. “Graphs in the report document the performance of each department in hiring women and underrepresented minority faculty in relation to national availability workforce data from AAMC,” explained Colleen Clancy, associate vice chancellor for Academic Personnel.
The Department of Anesthesiology is emblematic in retention as well as in recruitment. How so?
“It’s a simple answer,” Clancy said. “Through his leadership, the chair, Richard Applegate, is making diversity in his department a priority.”
The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine leadership team includes, left to right: Neal Fleming, M.D., Ph.D.; Richard Applegate, M.D.; Aretha Gillis, CAO; Michelle Singh, HR Analyst; Amrik Singh, M.D. (rear); Kenneth Furukawa, M.D.; Charandip Sandhu, M.D.; Sungeun Lee, M.D.; and Karen Anderson, MSO. Photo by Shaun Lane
Applegate, modestly, shares the credit.
“This is a team effort. This isn’t just me. This happens because the faculty begin to reflect the ideas of my administrative team, and the Office of Academic Personnel has been tremendously helpful in a number of areas,” Applegate said. Of course as chair, Applegate was a catalyst for change.