Aligned with the mission of our institution, the Department of Pediatrics fosters an atmosphere of tolerance and a free exchange of ideas, where our differences personally and professionally enrich us. We celebrate all backgrounds and value our students, residents, fellows, and faculty of every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and belief system. Together, we hope to create a safe space where we can learn from one another and continue to grow.
During training, our residents participate in a multitude of lectures and workshops related to DEI throughout the year, including:
Annually, the program also offers a scholarship for 1 to 2 fourth-year medical students who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine. It allows underrepresented minority students an opportunity for a personalized acting internship elective in our program. They can learn about USF Pediatrics and meet with residents and faculty at all of our sites during the rotation.
Tampa Bay is a rich and diverse community, allowing for valuable opportunities to learn how to best care for patients from different backgrounds. We hope that our sustained commitment to diversity will enable our trainees and faculty to gain the skills needed to deliver the highest quality care to all of our patients in the Tampa Bay Area.
Our residency has the privilege of serving and learning from this wide mix of children and their families. In general, Tampa Bay is about 60% Caucasian, 20% Hispanic or Latinx, 10% Black or African-American, with the remainder of the population being Asian, Native American, or other. A few of the main cultures in our community include Cuban, Puerto Rican, Italian, and Greek.
The majority of our patients receive Medicaid health insurance; however, a consistent cohort of middle to higher-income families with private insurance gives our residents a broad range of exposure to General Pediatrics within our community.
Having such a diverse community for our residents to work in enriches their training and creates a well-rounded and well-prepared pediatrician. We hope that our sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion will allow our trainees and faculty to gain the skills needed to deliver the highest quality care to all of our patients in the Tampa Bay Area.
We understand that there are structural barriers that prevent minority communities from gaining access to care as well as affect health outcomes, and therefore are committed to diversifying our staff in order to meet the needs of our patient population in the Tampa Bay Area.
To learn more, visit our Diversity Inclusion and Health Equity page.
Check out our Underrepresented Minority Visiting Student Scholarship page to learn more about the program and to apply.