Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) is growing leaps and bounds – right along with the 19 counties we serve. With six accredited ACGME residency programs and two accredited fellowship programs, we are positioned to be one of the largest GME programs in the state of Georgia. Along with our growth, comes a strong commitment and responsibility to provide diverse and inclusive medical education that is representative of our growing patient population. Doing so will help address health disparities, medical bias and support of our organizational mission.
GME DE&I Mission
Our mission is to acknowledge institutional and systematic biases with the goal of supporting resident physicians and fellows on socioeconomic, gender and ethnicity-related healthcare disparities so we can educate within the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and the community we serve to promote healthcare equity.
NGMC GME offers employee support for all groups, and we also provide an atmosphere of inclusivity and acknowledgment, but how do we accomplish this?
Medical Staff Diversity & Healthcare Disparity Taskforce
Led by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion for GME, Dr. Erine Raybon-Rojas, this physician-led group focuses on identifying and addressing issues surrounding diversity within the Medical Staff and addressing community healthcare disparities.
Our resident physicians are an important part of this work:
Continuing Medical Education
NGMC GME and the Continuing Medical Education (CME) department have worked in collaboration to have these conversations in the form of hosting virtual medical lectures. Since December of 2020, the Jennings Lectureship kicked off the Diversity in Medicine lecture series with Dr. Andre Churchwell of Vanderbilt University who spoke about Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine.
Whether our local experts start the conversation or nationally renowned experts, NGMC GME is committed to keeping the discussion going. Check out our most recent conversations.
Our Health System Culture
“As a new GME program attracting residents and fellows from all over the world, we are excited to spearhead the effort to have conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. At times, these conversations can be difficult, but they are necessary so we as a medical community can come together to learn and listen to one another.”John E. Delzell, Jr, MD – DIO and VP of Medical Education
NGMC GME has an engaged CEO and DIO who view diversity and inclusion as a journey.
Meet the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for GME, Erine Raybon-Rojas, MD
“I’m committed to changing the way medical education operates in regard to purposefully incorporating Diversity Equity & Inclusion strategies. My goals are to help create and foster an inclusive environment that allows our resident physicians, fellows and faculty to be fully supported.”Erine Raybon-Rojas, MD, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for GME