Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

West Virginia University Department of Anesthesiology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Anesthesiology firmly believes in the power and necessity of diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational pillars for growth and progress of our Department. Recognizing the unique perspectives, skills, and experiences that a diverse community brings, we are unwavering in our commitment to fostering an environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

At WVU Department of Anesthesiology, we uphold the following principles:

1. Inclusivity and Respect:

We believe that every individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, economic background, or sexual orientation, should be treated with unwavering respect and consideration. The diverse array of backgrounds and perspectives within our Department enriches our daily interactions, our medical practice, and our research endeavors. 

2. Equitable Opportunities:

We are dedicated to creating an environment where each individual is afforded an equal chance to excel academically and professionally. Through proactive removal of  obstacles and the provision of necessary support, we aim to pave the way for everyone to reach their full potential. 

3. Recruitment and Retention:

By employing intentional and informed strategies, we aim to attract and retain a diverse cohort of students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. Representation matters, and we are resolutely dedicated to ensuring our Department mirrors the multifaceted community we serve. 

4. Continuous Learning and Growth:

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not stagnant. We pledge to continually educate ourselves, listen to the voices of underrepresented groups, and evolve our policies to foster an ever more inclusive environment.

5. Collaborative Efforts:

We recognize that the journey toward a more inclusive future is a collective effort. Our Department actively collaborates with university-wide initiatives, engaging in dialogue and action that promote equity and diversity throughout WVU. 

6. Health and Well-being: 

Beyond professional and academic growth, we prioritize the holistic well-being of every member of our community. We have initiatives and support systems in place to ensure both the physical and mental well-being of all affiliated with our Department.

At the WVU Department of Anesthesiology, we are not solely health care professionals but also advocates for a just and inclusive society. As we look to the future, our commitment to these principles remains unwavering, and we are determined to pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.