Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion


The AAIM Board of Directors approved a new diversity, equity, and inclusion statement at its meeting October 16, 2019. As part of the Alliance’s ongoing support to promote diversity, equity, mutual respect, and inclusiveness, AAIM will focus on eight key deliverables.

AAIM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) is committed to promoting and championing diversity, equity and inclusion as a strategic imperative in support of academic internal medicine physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training. AAIM will:

  1. Facilitate the professional development, continuing education, support and growth of physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training in academic internal medicine from diverse backgrounds within AAIM and departments of medicine nationally;
  2. Support physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training in academic internal medicine to work collaboratively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds within and across institutions to advance high quality and equitable care for all patients;
  3. Recognize academic internal medicine physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training whose work substantially advances diversity, equity and inclusion through systems which ensure high quality care for all patients;
  4. Create an inclusive environment and welcoming home for all committed physicians, administrators, and physicians-in-training, and work to promote similar environments for members and learners within departments of medicine nationally;
  5. Equip internal medicine medical educators with the ability to prepare the next generation of physicians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively care for our diverse population;
  6. Stimulate research that supports high quality care and mitigation of health disparities;
  7. Partner with other internal medicine organizations to develop tools, resources, and best practices; and
  8. Develop outcome-based metrics to assess diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in academic internal medicine.

August 2019Alliance Signs on as Supporter of TIME’S UP Healthcare

AAIM has signed on as a sponsor of TIME’S UP Healthcare, whose mission is “to unify national efforts to bring safety, equity, and dignity to our healthcare workplace.” Among the goals of TIME’S UP Healthcare are uniting workers across fields, improving care for targets of harassment and inequity, raising awareness and knowledge, and supporting healthcare organizations in making issues central and visible.

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Conference Materials: Diversity & Inclusion

Download past meeting presentations covering topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

DEI Presentation Material Themes


Bias (Unconscious, Conscious, Implicit; Discrimination; Microaggressions)

Business Case for DEI in Academic Internal Medicine



Healthcare Disparities

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

LGBT Health


Women in Internal Medicine

AAIM Statement on Racial Injustice

June 2020—AAIM expresses its horror and sadness in agreement with the rest of the world at the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. For our African-American colleagues, this is a predictable fact of life reflecting several hundred years of history of unchecked police power and judicial authority.  We are witnessing a tragic failure of a democratic society wherein African-Americans are continually and systematically treated unfairly, with overt discrimination, and must fear for their very existence.

Read the full statement

2020 DEI Webinar Series

The Alliance is hosting a free five-part DEI webinar series. The second webinar in this series, "Overcoming Bias in Leadership, Teaching, and Evaluation," has been postponed. Members and stakeholders will be notified through normal email communications when the new date is set.

Recordings of the webinars are available at the link below (members must log-in to view).

Diversity & Inclusion Community

Log in to sign up for the Diversity & Inclusion Community and follow the conversation.

All AAIM members are encouraged to participate in the DEI discussion forum— please sign up!

AAIM Diversity Award

About the Award

The AAIM Diversity Award is presented to an individual who has effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who has worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality of care. The award is presented during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Current Recipients 

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA

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For questions, comments, etc. please contact diversity@im.org.