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Abstract: SA-PO041

Advancing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Concept Map for Development of a DEI Chief Fellowship in Nephrology

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Category: Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

  • 900 Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health


  • Nwanji, Valerie Ofune, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Reddy, Yuvaram N.V., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Leonberg-Yoo, Amanda K., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Despite decades of attempts to recruit and retain a diverse physician workforce that better represents the patients we serve, inequities in medicine persist. In keeping with the 2021 Executive Order to advance racial equity, the University of Pennsylvania’s Renal-Electrolyte & Hypertension Division developed the DEI Chief Fellowship program to provide training and a leadership role to fellows interested in advancing excellence in DEI. This abstract describes a concept map of the core components of the DEI chief fellowship.


Through stakeholder feedback and a review of the AAMC DEI competencies, we developed a concept map outlining the core trainings and objectives of the DEI fellowship.


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The DEI Chief Fellowship is a structured year-long position designed to help trainees become leaders in responsibly advancing excellence in DEI through 1) furthering the inclusion of those underrepresented in medicine, 2) identifying and reducing healthcare disparities, 3) expanding equity into quality improvement and research, and ultimately 4) to improve patient outcomes. It encompasses work-in-progress sessions, leadership experience (e.g., leading community engagement projects, facilitating fellowship recruitment), and core lectures (e.g., addressing implicit biases and microaggressions, incorporating health equity into learning health system). The Renal DEI Chief Fellowship position helped establish similar DEI tracks in Endocrinology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Division within the University of Pennsylvania. We hope Nephrology Divisions across the country will use this concept map to build a pipeline of leaders who graduate fellowship with a strong foundation of excellence in DEI.