Diversity and Inclusion

Saint Louis Children's Hospital is a national leader in pediatric health serving patients locally and from more than 80 countries. As “Guardians of Childhood” we recognize that we can improve patient outcomes by providing culturally effective and equitable care.

Resident Education

Our patients and families have a variety of cultural attributes including but are not limited to:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Socioeconomic Status

To ensure that our trainees are equipped with skills necessary to care and advocate for patients and families with diverse cultural backgrounds, our residents are offered programs in cultural competency and awareness of implicit biases. Residents have many opportunities to engage in community outreach.


Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

We strive to embrace and support a diverse group of trainees equipped to become leaders in society with the ability to provide culturally effective pediatric health care. The Pediatric Residency Program at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital further supports the unique attributes of our trainees through mentorship, forums and providing a work environment where differences are accepted and equality is cherished. Additional opportunities through are available through The Office of Diversity Programs.

The Washington University Minority Medical Association (WUMMA) was established in 2006 and assists in the recruitment of underrepresented minority residents and fellows through the support of professional development of its members. Activities include networking opportunities, mentorship, community service projects and close interaction with members of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). The Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative (RFDI) administered through the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Barnes-Jewish Hospital provides additional financial support to residents who demonstrate a commitment to improving cultural diversity within the medical center and improving the health of medically underserved individuals in the Saint Louis community.

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