IDEAS to Action: Leading Diversity Initiatives in Academic Neurology

Date/Time: Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Track: Interactive Workshop
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Racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination directly affect the clinical care of neurologic patients, the success and well-being of faculty and trainees, the validity and generalizability of our clinical research, and the very culture we inhabit daily. Antiracism and anti-discriminatory policies and programs should not be implemented in isolation but need to be integrated into the core functions, missions, and activities of an academic neurology department. In this session, we will provide justification and practical advice for integrating IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Antiracism, and Social Justice) into the core missions of an academic neurology department. We will start with guidance on disrupting current academic structures to create a more inclusive culture for faculty, staff, trainees, and patients We will include discussion on inclusive recruitment and retention, the development of pipeline programs, re-thinking medical student evaluations, and inclusion in residency programs. Finally, we will discuss key challenges in integrating IDEAS into patient care and clinical research missions and provide strategies to better engage more diverse research participants. The proposed speakers all serve in leadership positions in their respective departments and have been critical in the implementation of and advocating for inclusive practices in academic medicine.

Chair: Neeraj Badjatia, MD, MS

Co-Chair: Nimish Mohile, MD


  • Understand how historical structures in academic neurology promote a culture the excludes women and members of underrepresented groups

  • Identify key areas within academic missions that can be reformed to improve culture, recruitment and engagement

  • Develop strategies to improve clinical care and research representation in neighboring communities

Community Partnerships in Academic Neurology

Time: 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Diversity in Education

Time: 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Inclusive Healthcare: A Triple Tier Academic Approach

Time: 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM