Aligned with the mission of our institution, the Department of Pediatrics fosters an atmosphere of tolerance and free exchange of ideas, where we are personally and professionally enriched by our differences. 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, workshops and trainings related to DIE throughout the year. Trainees along with faculty participate in an annual implicit bias training. Many describe these educational sessions as extremely powerful and meaningful. The program also offers a scholarship for 1-2 fourth year medical students per year. This allows underrepresented minority students an opportunity for a personalized acting internship elective at 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, which allows for valuable opportunities to learn how to best care for patients from different backgrounds. We hope that our sustained commitment to diversity 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 are a community with families from many ethnic, cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds. Our residency has the privilege of serving and learning from this wide mix of children and their families. In general, Tampa Bay is about half Caucasian, 20% Hispanic, and 20% African American; 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, there is a consistent cohort of middle to higher income families with private insurance giving our residents a broad range of exposure to General Pediatrics within our community.
Having such a diverse community for our residents to work 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 and affect health outcomes and therefore are committed to diversify our staff in order to meet the needs of our patient population in the Tampa Bay Area.
To learn more click on our Diversity Inclusion and Health Equity page.