Department of Emergency Medicine

Educational Initiatives


Health Equity & Social EM Curriculum


Our educational initiatives provide social context to patient care through an equity and justice lens. Our goal is to provide our departmental community with the knowledge, skills, and increased humility working with a diverse patient population and, in turn, improve the quality of care, health, and well-being of patients.

Goal: To provide learners a comprehensive overview of the social, political, and economic structures that lead to health inequities in diverse and vulnerable populations through didactic teaching, experiential learning, and reflective practice

Objectives: By the end of this curriculum, learners will:

  1. Develop an increased understanding of health equity across all identity groups (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, etc.)
  2. Develop an increased knowledge about the social and structural determinants of health and how they influence health outcomes in individuals and marginalized populations
  3. Engage in critical self-reflection about biases that may contribute to health inequities

Curricular Topics

  • Race, Racism, and Health
  • Human Trafficking
  • Women's Health and Gender Health Equity
  • Firearm and Interpersonal Violence
  • Gender Identity and LGBTQ Health
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Incarceration and Health
  • Refugee, Asylee, and Immigrant Health
  • Police Violence
  • Poverty, Housing instability, and Homelessness
  • Limited English Proficiency and Language Justice
  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Mental Health Justice
  • Patients with Cognitive or Physical Disabilities
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change
  • Faith, Spirituality, Religion and Health
2022-2023 Academic Year Topics



Beyond Culture: Rethinking Competency and Reimagining Health Equity

Dr. Edgardo Ordoñez

Principles of Community Engagement

Dr. John Lewis- Emory

Human Trafficking and Trauma Informed Care

Dr. Tamara Wilson, Dr. Gabriel Apfel


Dr. Mackey

Incarceration and Health

Dr. Suh, Dr. Turner, Dr. Eswaran

Gender Equity and Women's Health

Dr. Williams, Dr. Andrabi, Dr. Rohra

Faith, Spirituality, Religion, and Health

Dr. Eltigani, Dr. Jaung

Muslim Health Equity

Dr. Asim Padela-Wisconsin

2021-2022 Academic Year Topics



Substance Use Disorder

Dr. Alex Diaz, Dr. Lojain Badawood

Introduction to Sex and Gender Medicine

Dr. Ynhi Thomas

Incarceration and Health

Dr. Anisha Turner, Dr. Michelle Suh

Homelessness and Housing Instability; Harris Health Financial Assistance

Dr. Katie Dowdell, Dr. Michael Jaung, Dr. Daniela Ortiz

Women in Medicine: What the Past Can Teach Future Leaders

Dr. Gillian Schmitz

Refugee Health

Dr. Pavitra Krishnamani

Bringing Language Justice to the ED

Dr. Breena Taira

Global Health

Dr.'s Gonzalez Marques, Haq, Fanny

The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQIA+ Health

Dr. Lynea Bull, Dr. Bernard Weigel

Gender Equity in EM Summit

The Gender Equity Summit is a collaboration between the JEDI Committee, Females in Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (FEM@BCM), and the faculty development team, which is comprised of residents, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds. The half-day summit was offered in a virtual format in 2021 and 2022. For 2023, the event was held in person. The target audience is trainees, advanced practice providers, and faculty within Emergency Medicine. The summit includes a keynote speaker, brief interactive workshops, and a networking hour.

Keynote Speakers

  • 2023 - Dr. Aisha Terry
  • 2022 - Dr. Gillian Schmitz
  • 2021 - Dr. Tracey Madsen

Previous Workshops Held

  • Essential leadership skills to function as a female, sexual minority, or Underrepresented in Medicine leader 
  • Difficult conversations and communication tactics  
  • Negotiate like a boss
  • Panel Discussion - Being a Boss Outside of the ED