Stanford Radiology Diversity Initiative

Uniting Diverse Minds Inspires Innovation

Have you ever heard music that is so touching that it hurts. Gently flowing into your head, slowly expanding in your heart, gaining momentum and amplifying your senses - until you feel beauty, love, happiness, magic - all at once. And as you close your eyes, you can see eternity.

We need an orchestra to infuse a greater force into a melody - not a single trumpet, not a single violin, and not 10 violins. It takes an orchestra to play a symphony.

At Stanford Radiology, we want to create symphonies of medical innovation. Lu Hong and Scott Page showed that diverse groups of problem solvers outperformed high performing individuals and uniform groups of high performing problem solvers. Diversity is essential to the progress, growth and prosperity of Medicine and its microcosmoses. The Stanford Radiology Diversity Initiative aims to democratize Medicine by assembling and maintaining a critical mass of diverse faculty with far-reaching background, experiences and ideas. Diversity is critical for our ability to serve patients in a multi-cultural environment, to provide inspiring role models for our trainees, to unfold discoveries at the interface of different disciplines, to address challenges in our health care system and to cure humanity - one patient at a time. Through our diversity initiative, we leverage our combined potential and bring outstanding medical care, world-class education and groundbreaking scientific advances to the next level. We aim to create a circle of growth for every player and the whole ensemble: Developing the players will lead to a better ensemble and developing the ensemble will improve the performance of the players. To accomplish this, we foster diversity of thought, experiences and perspectives. We inspire each other to unleash our collective creativity and create a culture of growth, fulfillment and prosperity that far exceeds what every one of us could have achieved alone. We foster faculty wellbeing and address abusive, hateful or discriminating behavior. We democratize outdated concepts of fiefdoms in medicine and enable everyone to contribute solving problems and helping others. We believe in a culture where everyone is valued, where "they" become "us", and where we can unleash that magical collective force that will create a better future for all of us.

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