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Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion 

PENN EM Is Committed To...


Recruiting, training, and promoting a diverse group of residents that is reflective of the patient population that we serve.


Creating an anti-racist culture in our department.


Supporting educational and research innovations that promote understanding of structural competency and address health care disparities of our patient population.

Initiatives & Resources


URiM Mentorship

URiM Residents are paired with URiM Penn EM faculty at the beginning of each year. This mentorship program provides professional development, fellowship, and support. 

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Black History Month

Penn EM has celebrated Black History Month with the BHM social media series and through conference specific programming.


URiM Retreat

In the spring of each year, there is a URiM retreat with activities ranging from yoga to workshops on financial literacy.


Lift Every Voice is an anonymous digital platform that leverages the power of stories to: 1) Capture experiences and observations of racism to understand where and how racism is being experienced at Penn Medicine, 2) to spark conversation empowering staff to think and talk about racism to help promote a culture of inclusion and 3) to catalyze anti-racist action and policy change from leaders by providing needed information to address racism.

Lift Every Voice was created by Dr. Gina South and was officially launched on January 9th, 2023 in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kristyn Smith serves as the physician lead for the ED and Dr. Abike James for OBGYN.


Penn EM Diversity Committee

This committee is inclusive of faculty, residents, and staff who are dedicated to highlighting and improving diversity efforts in our department. 


Dr. Eugenia South serves as our inaugural Vice Chair for Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion.


Anti-Racism Taskforce

A grassroots effort led by faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine to create an anti-racist culture in our department. Initiatives and key deliverables span across research, education, and clinical operations missions.

For questions e-mail: Lillian Marsh, MD at


Alliance of Minority Physicians

The Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP) is an organization founded in 2012 by one of our Emergency Medicine Attendings, Dr. Iris Reyes, with the mission to develop leaders in clinical, academic, and community medicine through active recruitment, career development, mentorship, social opportunities and community outreach geared towards house staff, medical students and faculty at UPHS, CHOP, and the Perelman School of Medicine from groups traditionally underrepresented in Medicine (UIM).

For more information:

For questions please e-mail:


Social EM Curriculum

This curriculum includes an introduction to Social Emergency Medicine as well as an exploration of various topics pertaining to health disparities and social determinants of health.  It is our goal to provide training to residents on the social and economic topics that are key to understanding the role of Emergency Medicine in addressing health disparities at a structural level.


For more information e-mail: Daphne Owen, MD at

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Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health and wellness organization that provides medical care and social services to uninsured immigrants in Philadelphia. The Puentes patient community is largely Spanish-speaking and from central America.  

 Dr. Daphne Owen, a Penn EM faculty member, oversees Medical Education at Puentes and provider recruitment – please contact her at for more information or to become a volunteer.

Puentes website:

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