Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):

  • Value, support and develop diversity with an inclusive and welcoming departmental community for trainees, staff and faculty, including both basic science and clinical divisions. 
  • Value diversity in many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and disability.
  • Respect the interests and needs of individuals at all levels of authority and seniority within power differentials.
  • In a constructive manner, honestly and transparently navigate situations where individual interests are at odds.
  • Develop community engagement to reach disadvantaged populations for clinical needs, education and inclusion in research.

Mental health and wellbeing: 

  • Support trainee, staff and faculty mental health and wellness in the diverse set of challenges that occur in our basic science and clinical divisions.
    • Value and encourage a healthy work life balance and support measures that promote resilience, professional satisfaction and sustainability.
    • Establish staffing levels and work models that balance work load and reduce burnout.
    • Actively promote a sense of shared value and agency within the department.

Professional development:

  • Support the professional development of trainees, staff and faculty. 
    • Establish mentoring programs that support professional development at all levels.
    • Support a diversity of current and future work and life experiences.
  • Encourage and develop collaborations in research, education and clinical service.
    • Encourage networking both locally (within and outside our department) and nationally.

Promoting patient care:

  • Patients first
  • Quality diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Prioritize ethical action on behalf of our patients

Characteristics and elements:

  • Integrity
  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • Innovation.
  • Leadership with attention to the servant leader model and engagement of the broader faculty body in leadership and service
  • Empathy.
  • Balance self-respect and professional drive with humility.
  • Respect for others: colleagues, peers, trainees, patients – those above and below us, in different divisions and different sites.
  • Inclusion, not othering.
  • Be a listener, not just a talker.
    • Listen to alternative viewpoints.
  • Positivity and constructive input, not negativity
  • Professionalism 
  • Community engagement.
  • Commitment to improve our world through science and medicine.
  • Integration and collaboration.
  • A drive to achieve: use the opportunities we have been given to advance science and medicine.
  • Consistent and transparent communication and shared responsibility of faculty to participate in communication and to solicit/query leadership when communication is needed.
  • Operational efficiency
  • Sustainability

Within our department, consider and implement institutional values of CWRU SOM and UH, including service excellence (promoting patient care and academic service), belonging (including our DEI goals), integrity, compassion, and trust.