Beyond a Hashtag: Strategies to Move Toward a More Inclusive Physiatry Workforce

Miguel Xavier Escalon, Charles De Mesa, German Valdez, Julie K. Silver, Keneshia M. Kirksey, Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez

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The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation should strive for a physician workforce that is ethnically/racially, sex, and ability diverse. Considering the recent realities of disparities in health outcomes related to COVID-19 and in racial injustice in the United States, we are called to be champions for antiracism and equity. The specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation should be the leaders in fostering a culture of inclusion and pay special attention to the population of applicants who are underrepresented in medicine. The specialty needs tools to start addressing these disparities. This article aims to provide strategic and intentional evidence-based recommendations for programs to follow. Holistic review, implicit bias training, structured interviews, and targeted outreach for those underrepresented in medicine are some of the tools that will help students enter and become successful in our specialty. Furthermore, this article provides novel guidance and considerations for virtual interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-717
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2021


  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Implicit Bias
  • Inclusion
  • Residency Interviews
  • Underrepresented in Medicine
  • Virtual Interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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