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Improving Inclusivity For the LGBTQ Community in Radiology Departments: Taking Concrete Steps Forward

Published:October 15, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.08.023
      As the training of radiology residents continues to evolve, more emphasis has been placed on understanding health care disparities and the importance of diversity and inclusion among radiologists, with a primary goal of producing a more dynamic, diverse, and compassionate generation of radiologists. Although the lack of diversity in radiology training is starting to be addressed, particularly among females compared to males and ethnic underrepresented minorities (URMs) compared to Whites (
      • Manik R
      • Sadigh G.
      Diversity and inclusion in radiology: a necessity for improving the field.
      ,
      • Rosenkrantz AB
      • Szabunio MM
      • Macura KJ.
      Promoting greater diversity and inclusion in radiology research: a survey of the American Association for women radiologists.
      ), addressing inclusion disparities within the LGBTQ community has lagged. A featured article in this journal titled, “Promoting Progress and Learning from Mistakes: Results of a Radiology Department LGBTQ Inclusion Audit” shares one institution's experience objectively analyzing and addressing this disparity while offering guidance and suggestions to improve LGBTQ inclusivity within a department (
      • Perchik JD
      • Kennedy J
      • Milner DM
      • Zarzour JG
      • Porter KK.
      Promoting progress and learning from mistakes: results of a radiology department LGBTQ inclusion audit.
      ). This initiative is a vital first step toward improving diversity within our training programs and radiology departments.
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