Joint Anesthesia – Surgery Differences Matter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

participants at the joint Anesthesia - Surgery Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

At UCSF, we are committed to serving our diverse communities. As part of this commitment, the UCSF School of Medicine launched the Differences Matter initiative, including 6 focus areas:


Leadership: Develop an informed, committed and diverse leadership who are dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all mission areas and at all UCSF sites.

Climate and Recruitment: Increase the diversity of our faculty, residents and professional staff and increase the personal competencies of all our professionals in teaching, leading and managing a diverse community.

Education: Cultivate the highest quality, most inclusive learning environment for our medical students and residents.

Clinical Care: Identify and address health care disparities in the clinical environments, UCSF and UCSF affiliates and ensure that health care professionals are skilled in working with diverse communities.

Research: Increase the diversity of our scientific workforce and our clinical trials participants and work to ensure that our discovery engine provides better insights into the health and health care needs of our increasingly diverse population.

Pipeline, Outreach and Pathways: Establish UCSF as a destination for those who seek to eliminate opportunity disparities in our communities.


As part of the Climate and Recruitment focus area, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Trainings are offered, educating participants about “implicit biases and microagressions, coaching participants in skills related to addressing these issues, and training them how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.”


We are pleased to announce that both staff and faculty participants from the UCSF Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and Surgery Departments recently completed DEI training. The departments teamed up to hold a joint Differences matter training to help improve the perioperative climate for our learners at UCSF, as part of our unified goals in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.