Society Resources on Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CMSS Statements on Racism in Healthcare:

June 1, 2020:

With more than 800,000 physicians across 45 specialties, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) deplores the negative impact of racism in our nation and of racial inequities in our healthcare system.  Racism in our society cannot be ignored as it undermines public health. CMSS steadfastly supports its member specialty societies working to promote equity and reduce the adverse impact of racism. We are committed to using our platform to improve the health of every patient we serve.

February 22, 2021:

As the convener of the Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA), CMSS is proud to stand with our specialty program director associations to condemn racism and discrimination. We are committed to the significant and sustained efforts that will be needed to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine and counter structural racism. We will support our member organizations’ efforts to drive measurable improvements in equity, build safe, inclusive and equitable learning environments, and combat racism in medicine.

Read the OPDA Statement issued February 22, 2021.

CMSS Initiatives:

  • CMSS held a Special Session on Racism in Medicine to launch a collaborative on Anti-Racism for Specialty Societies. This session took place on October 28, 2020, and featured Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH (UCSF) as the keynote speaker, with discussion moderated by Patricia Turner, MD, MBA, FACS (American College of Surgeons).
    Watch the Racism in Medicine session recording here.

CMSS Member Responses and Resources

CMSS is committed to supporting our member specialty societies and working together to promote equity and combat racism. Many of our 45 Member Societies have developed responses and resources specific to their specialty or subspecialty area, linked below. We will continue to update these resources as more are available.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American College of Cardiology

American College of Emergency Physicians

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive Medicine

American College of Radiology

American College of Rheumatology

American College of Surgeons

American Epilepsy Society

American Gastroenterological Association

American Geriatrics Society

American Medical Informatics Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

American Thoracic Society

American Urological Association

Infectious Diseases Society of America

North American Spine Society

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Society of Hospital Medicine

Society of Interventional Radiology

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

  • SNMMI endorses the CMSS Statement on Racism in Healthcare

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Society for Vascular Surgery