Radiology needs talented people with varied perspectives to best serve and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. The CAR is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace and to making diversity a priority. The newly established CAR Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group will help the Association meet this commitment and will help radiologists better meet the needs of their patients.
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Following an enthusiastic response to the open call for members, the working group had its first meeting on April 15 to overview the plan for the next two years and set clear objectives. The Working Group is comprised of an Oversight Committee with five committees. The Oversight Committee consists of eleven members and will maintain the focus of the overall working group. Members of the Oversight Committee will be represented on each of the committees.
The five committees and their respective objectives are as follows:
- Diversity Statement Committee to solidify the vision and mission and ensure common language.
- Encouraging Radiology Application Committee to increase visibility/exposure of women and under-represented minorities to potential applicants, residents, fellows, and faculty; and to improve exposure to radiology for women and under-represented minorities.
- Bias in Recruitment, Hiring, Promotion, Awards Committee to identify best practices in application and selection document to address bias in recruitment, hiring, promotions, awards.
- EDI Committee Toolkit Committee to develop resources on “How to start an EDI Committee in your radiology department”.
- Gender Pay Gap Committee to collect data and research on the gender pay gap in radiology.
The working group will also establish a formal liaison with the Canadian Medical Association’s Equity and Diversity in Medicine Committee as well as create synergies and provide guidance on potential partnerships with international radiological societies around equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“This Working Group is so important in establishing diversity and inclusion among the radiology community. I am excited for what we will accomplish given the interest among members and their willingness to get involved,” says Dr. Charlotte Yong-Hing, Working Group Chair.