Becoming a Doctor: Diversity Project
The Diversity project at Becoming a Doctor aims to fill the longstanding gaps left in our often unequal healthcare system and medical education. The project is a collaboration of doctors, medical students, healthcare professionals and patients. We’re working together to produce resources and events relevant across the medical curriculum to increase representation and understanding of health issues in all groups of people, not just the standard euro-centric, male, cisgender, heterosexual able bodied model we are used to.
We want to promote resources produced by other groups, and make sure resources we are producing consolidate overlooked knowledge and fields rather than re-producing work that has been done already.
We also want to help create a national voice for the growing number of local campaigns seeking to diversify and decolonise the medical curriculum across the UK. Part of this is helping collaborate and liaise with a number of groups doing the work already and empowering these voices. We will also be assisting groups in their advocacy and lobbying of key stakeholders to enact real, practical change.If you have an idea for a gap in the curriculum that needs resources, want to collaborate, campaign or want to be part of this project in any way be sure to get in touch with our team.
Our aims are:
- To increase opportunities for medical students and junior doctors to engage and participate in diversifying the medical curriculum and proposing solutions to changing their school’s/ trust’s policies and resources.
- To increase awareness of health inequalities and cultural competency among medical students and junior doctors through a range of events.
- To provide resources for medical schools and teaching hospitals to improve diversity in their teaching-particularly relating to under-represented groups
- To assist in coordinating and publicising groups working in this area- bringing together a number of groups who have already started this work to build national strategies.