PSF Diversity and Inclusion
Recruitment and Retention Grant
The PSF recognizes the importance of fostering a culture of diversity and inclusivity in the field of plastic surgery. Currently, healthcare disparities persist in the United States and within the field of plastic surgery. It has been well documented that patients are more likely to seek care from providers with cultural backgrounds (e.g. racial/ethnic, etc.) more similar to their own when these providers are available.
For this reason, and because providers from racial/ethnic minority groups who are underrepresented in medicine and plastic surgery often provide care to patients with similar backgrounds, an increase in diversity in medicine and plastic surgery will lead to increased access to care and enhanced cultural competence for patients, particularly in communities that have been historically underserved due racism, stigma and other cultural and socioeconomic factors.
It is also imperative that we encourage an environment of inclusion within our plastic surgery workforce, which incorporates diversity in our leadership, to bring forth a variety of perspectives and opportunities for these leaders to contribute ideas and to serve as role models and mentors to encourage other students currently underrepresented in the specialty, to choose plastic surgery as a profession.
The goal of this pilot grant is to fund research projects that will lead to the identification and creation of prospective tools, resources, approaches and/or strategies for improving diversity and inclusion in plastic surgery, and these tools should be widely adoptable throughout the specialty. Projects that are retrospective or historical in nature are less likely to be competitive.
Amount & Duration
Up to $10,000 for 1-year pilot projects
The 2022 PSF research grant cycle is NOW OPEN.
The application deadline is December 1, 2021.