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We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest in our nation have laid bare implicit and explicit biases in our society and the nation’s deep-seated socioeconomic inequality. Disparities within health care and law enforcement have resulted in tragic outcomes and a drive for racial justice. We at NANOS are acutely aware of the need to introspect, identify and address these biases.
There is evidence that implicit or unintended bias interferes with assessing individuals for hire, evaluating competence and excellence of medical students and residents, recognizing excellence and achievement in medicine. We know that there are disparities in leadership in healthcare, in invited speakers at medical conferences, and in award recipients.
Historically, equity and inclusion have been integral to the NANOS culture and values and are woven into the NANOS Strategic Plan. We are proud of a history of greater equity and inclusion. Just a few examples:
While we have this history of inclusion, we want and need to do better. With your help, we WILL do better.
Recently a NANOS DEI Taskforce was created to address some of these issues and to identify additional issues of focus. As this task force prepares to hold its first meeting, we are soliciting input from our members.
We appreciate your observations of what we can do together to create an equitable and inclusive NANOS, what we can do to promote neuro-ophthalmology as a career to diverse trainees, and how we can better advocate for our patients.
Together we can overcome the challenges of today and build a better tomorrow for everyone.