Diversity & Inclusion

Our residency program is committed to providing an inclusive environment for our patients, our students, our residents, and our faculty.  

We are committed to UofL's Cardinal Anti-Racism agenda and excited about Norton Healthcare's $20 million commitment over 5 years to address health equity, ensure primary care for the community, hire a leadership team that reflects community demographics, educate and advocate about health policy issues, and and invest in underserved areas of Louisville.


Our committee exists:
to identify weaknesses and strengths within our residency program as it relates to promotion of a diverse workforce;
to help foster a nurturing and supportive environment that values diverse perspectives;
to create a sustainable model to strive for continuous improvements in our diversity and inclusion practices.

All of these with the ultimate goal of training a diverse workforce of pediatricians who are equipped to provide culturally competent care to a diverse population of patients

We want our pediatric residency program:
to be considered among the best at providing culturally competent education both within UL GME but also among regional pediatric residency programs;
to have a workforce (both trainees and faculty) that better reflects the population we serve; to retain a diverse group of students, residents, and faculty;
and to be a model of engagement of different perspectives so that all can thrive
Celebration of diverse backgrounds
Learning from the experiences of others
Work as an inclusive team
Systems of support and mentorship
Safe, open environment
Student engagement
Cultural humility
Recruitment and retention education
Overcome challenges and discrimination


University and School of Medicine Resources:

  •  The University of Louisville School of Medicine has received national attention for its implementation of eQuality and is the first medical school in the nation to implement the AAMC competencies to care for individuals who are LGBTQ, gender non-conforming, and born with differences in sexual development (DSD). Our LGBT center is a great resource for everyone.


Health Disparities Research in Pediatrics:

○     LGBTQ Adolescent Health in Louisville: An approach to identify and assess local priorities

○     The Pediatric Primary Care Project: Breaking the Cycle of Toxic Stress (along with the Division of General Pediatrics)

  • Kasi Eastep, DO:  Opioid Prescriptions Among Children Enrolled in Kentucky Medicaid:  A Review of a Recent Cohort
  • Jenny Smith, MD:  Impact of Refugee Status on Mental Health in Latino Children
  • Courtney Sumner, MD:  Improving a Residency Program’s Training and Confidence in Caring for Children Presenting with Gender Dysphoria in a Primary Care Setting
  • Kirsten Drucker, PsyD; Christopher Poitevien, PhD & Chelsea VanderWoude, PhD:  Assessing Resiliency Resources: Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Minority Adolescent Referral and Completion to a Manualized Intervention for Chronic Illness Coping
  • Katie Burgener: Quality of life and psychologic comorbidities in youth with gender dysphoria
  • Zheyi Teoh: Healthcare barriers for Congolese refugee children in Louisville, KY: Parental perception and narratives through focus group discussions
  • Jennie Green: A retrospective review of failure to thrive admissions and the potential role of implicit bias
  • Alyse Elkins: Evaluation of a new e-module for teaching pediatric resident physicians about online sexual exploitation of children


 Community Resources: