New Committee Works to Instill DEI Initiatives Across ABR
By Paul J. Rochon, MD, ABR Trustee
The American Board of Radiology aspires to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its efforts and activities. The recently formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is responsible for making recommendations and developing and supporting initiatives to create and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all candidates, diplomates, volunteers, and staff. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Trustees chair and include at least three trustees representing different disciplines (one of whom serves as chair), at least two governors, and the executive director as an ex officio member.
The committee has been implementing ideas to make ABR exams and experiences sensitive to DEI issues. One way is to try to avoid scheduling exams during religious holidays whenever possible. The DEI Committee is also working with the ABR’s Language and Style Committee to incorporate gender-neutral terminology in exam questions. Another effort has been to ensure that the Americans with Disabilities Act is integrated into the ABR. The ABR is compliant with the ADA and makes reasonable accommodations in exam procedures for individuals with documented disabilities. The ABR also makes exam accommodations for nursing and expectant mothers making a request. Furthermore, the Board will make every effort to promote diversity and inclusion in its volunteers.
If you have suggestions or ideas that involve an unmet effort or initiative, please contact ABR Director of Communications David Laszakovits.