Features  |   June 2019
Don’t Bail, Blaze a Trail: Advice to Stakeholders in the Promotion of Diversity in Academic Anesthesiology
Author Affiliations
  • Valerie E. Armstead, M.D., DABA
    Committee on Professional Diversity
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Education / CPD / Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   June 2019
Don’t Bail, Blaze a Trail: Advice to Stakeholders in the Promotion of Diversity in Academic Anesthesiology
ASA Monitor 6 2019, Vol.83, 18-19.
ASA Monitor 6 2019, Vol.83, 18-19.
The build-up in concern over diversity in anesthesiology has the potential to become a wellspring of positive activism for the stakeholders. These stakeholders are those involved in or affected by the furtherance of diversity in anesthesiology and its subspecialties. Therefore, traditionally under-represented minorities, women, LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, etc.) people and their allies can play a role in diversity initiatives that promote inclusivity for practitioners as patients. The purpose of this article is to encourage persistence and dedication for trailblazers of all types who, by example, help establish a pipeline of future fearless leaders in academic anesthesiology. The importance and positive impact of diversity in all aspects of our society is well proven. Disparities in diversity and structural racism in medicine are linked to disparities and poor outcomes in health care.1,2  Whether in private practice or academics, our practitioners and patients will benefit as a result of the propitious nature of diversity.
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