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Reproductive Justice: How we Inform our Community and Educate our Trainees

This year's UCSF at ZSFG diversity event focuses on reproductive justice, specifically how we inform our community and educate our trainees. Based on Ours to Tell, a short film on the power that comes with the freedom to access abortion through the stories of 4 individuals, the panelists will discuss navigating clinical practices and academic research guidelines to assist our community with a topic which may be viewed as sensitive based on societal opinions.

Panelists:

  • Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH: Associate Professor, OB/GYN, Co Director, UCGHI CoE on Women's Health, Gender, and Social Scientist, Empowerment and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). 
  • Toni Bond, MA, PhD, Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars (ACTIONS) fellow with the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.
  • Josephine Urbina, MD, Complex Family Planning fellow in OB/GYN

Moderated By:

Dr. Erinma Ukoha (above) leading the charge at the #DPHMustDIvest rally

A to Z Scholarship - Advancing Equity and Inclusion

A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship

The A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship is happy to partner with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to create a unique opportunity to support students who are underrepresented in medicine.

The average medical student applies to 40 residency programs with students pursuing surgical specialties applying to an average of 60 programs. The cost of applying to residency, the last phase in medical education training, can be inhibitory and students without means are often limited to the number of programs they can apply to. Additionally, these costs are not allotted for in medical education loans. Thus, students with financial need face a challenge in covering the cost of residency application.

These expenses, paired with the challenges that students underrepresented in medicine face, create an unmet need. The A to Z Medical Excellence Scholarship and SNMA have partnered to create an opportunity to increase access to residency through this sponsorship. We welcome applicants who are applying into all residency specialties.

Equity and Inclusion

The University of California - San Francisco OBGYN Residency Anti-Racism Commitment

We the residents that make up the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences program, unequivocally denounce the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and the countless lives lost at the hands of white supremacy and police brutality. We acknowledge that racism is a public health pandemic. Thus, we solemnly pledge to use our individual and collective voices to speak out and work against it. We pledge that our actions will purposefully and intentionally advance anti-racist efforts. We pledge to continue educating ourselves both individually and collectively on anti-racism and the tangible ways we can effectively contribute to the dismantling of systemic racism and anti-Blackness.

To our colleagues who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color

We see you, we acknowledge the additional pain you must carry, and we support you. We pledge to make our department a place of belonging to those of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences. We are committed to supporting our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color colleagues as they seek to advance their careers and obtain leadership positions. We are committed to challenging the norms that have long prevented this advancement and to elevating the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voices within our department.

 

 

To our learners who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color

We see you, we acknowledge the additional pain you must carry, and we support you. We commit to making our spaces ones of welcoming, where you feel supported and mentored in your learning and growth both personally and professionally. We acknowledge that this will require constant feedback, and growth. We commit to being open to this feedback and pushing our colleagues, attending physicians, and administrators for continued growth. We commit to acknowledging our own conscious and unconscious biases, and speaking out when we see those biases perpetrated against you. We commit to holding every member of our department transparently accountable to anti-racist standards.

To our patients who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color

We see you, we acknowledge the additional pain and allostatic load you must carry, and we support you. We acknowledge and name the longstanding history of racism, anti-Blackness, and violence that has likely impacted your health and the health of your family. We also acknowledge the racial injustices and economic exploitation that have resulted in the health disparities we see today. These disparities have led to the ongoing high rate of morbidity and mortality associated with childbirth as it pertains to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color birthing people. We commit to making UCSF a place where you can seek and receive unbiased, anti-racist care from providers who are dedicated to hearing you and prioritizing reproductive justice in all aspects of the care we provide. We commit to continuing to evaluate the structural, institutional, and individual actions that perpetuate these disparities and work to actively dismantle them.