Diversity Equity and Inclusion in UM Neurology

The Michigan Neurology Residency Program is committed to training a diverse cohort of neurologists to be leaders in patient-centered clinical practice, research, medical education, and advocacy for accessible healthcare and promotion of community health. We strive to create a diverse and open work environment where every person feels safe and valued. Our curriculum promotes personal growth and provides resources to maintain physician wellness and self-care.

DEI Committee

The Department of Neurology is committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and cultural sensitivity within our program and our community. Our DEI team has five subcommittees to carry out this mission.

  • Underserved Medical Care: The sub-committee of ‘Underserved Medical Care’ aims at reducing barriers to Neurological care within our communities. Led by Dr. Galit Levi Dunietz, PhD, MPH, a public Health professional, and enthusiastic clinical faculty members, this sub-committee provides neurological care to Michiganders with limited access to health services.
  • Recruitment and Retention: To ensure best practices in recruitment and retention of faculty, trainees, and staff, track these efforts, and ensure that DEI work is appropriately valued in promotions. Led by Dr. Lesli Skolarus.
  • Training and Department Engagement: To coordinate departmental training activities (e.g. bystander intervention, implicit bias in hiring, anti-racism, town hall discussions) and suggest topics for faculty, staff, and trainee meetings. Led by Dr. Darin Zahuranec and Sennettra Gilliam.
  • Communication/Website: Communicate departmental events, keep an up-to-date list of ongoing activities for the website, track health disparities and DEI-related research, organize multiple sources of outside information on events and develop a plan for regular communication to the department. Led by Erin Fox.
  • Community outreach: To organize general (e.g. non-medical) volunteer work in local underserved communities coordinate outreach efforts for education to local school systems, and outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Led by Dr. Praveen Dayalu.


We match all of our residents with engaged faculty mentors, taking into account their diverse backgrounds and interests. Our mentors aim to create reciprocal and collaborative relationships, serving as coach, counsellor, advisor, and learning consultant, role model, and friend.

Underserved Medicine

The Hope Clinic is a free clinic in nearby Ypsilanti, Michigan. Specialty neurology clinics twice a month are staffed by Michigan Medicine faculty and resident volunteers. This is a great opportunity for residents to learn about the challenges that the underserved community faces, and the opportunities to leverage local and state programs to improve our delivery of care.

Research In Health Disparities

UM faculty are actively involved in health disparities research. Some notable examples include leading longstanding stroke surveillance studies, Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) and Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky stroke study, health services research to better understand disparities and promote equitable cost, quality and access to care and community-engaged research across the state.

Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

The Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) champion diversity and inclusion for our employees, our patients, and our community. They offer training courses, networking, programs on health disparities issues, and tools for researching health disparities.

Additional Education in Healthcare Equity

The Michigan Medicine Healthcare Equity and Quality Scholar’s Program (HEQSP) is a 14 month-long certificate program to address cultural humility and social determinants of health. The program provides foundational instruction on quality improvement and supports trainees in a project design to measure and eliminate healthcare disparities in their clinical domain.