The Department of Psychiatry shares Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We value human diversity in all its forms and are committed to providing a welcoming, respectful, and supportive environment which values the contributions of all members of the team. As healthcare professionals, we know that health disparities and inequities disproportionately affect those from marginalized backgrounds, including those with psychiatric illness.
The department convened a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in 2020. The committee welcomes trainees and continues to work toward identifying areas of improvement in diversity and inclusion across the department community. Recent initiatives have included a Race and Health Equity Learning Exchange, invited grand rounds speakers on DEI topics, dedicated journal club sessions focused on diversity and inclusion, and increased integration and emphasis on DEI topics within our curriculum. Our residents are active in DEI work, and recent accomplishments among our residents include an APA diversity leadership fellowship award, resident led DEI lectures and didactics for medical students, prize winning DEI related posters at state and national conferences, and a DEI related NNCI scholarship award.
Trainees rotate in a variety of clinical sites spanning both rural and urban locations and care for a diverse group of patients, including veterans. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a resident-founded Transgender and Gender Diverse Mental Health clinic, as well as providing asylum evaluations for refugees through a partnership with Good Neighbor Health Clinic, a local free clinic.
The psychiatry department is committed to mental health advocacy and to reducing health care disparities and barriers to access to care for individuals with psychiatric illness. Attention to social determinants of health for rural disadvantaged populations is a key focus of training. Residents frequently engage in mental health advocacy at the state level through the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society and working with state legislators.
We hope you will consider bringing your own diverse background to our welcoming department!