Thank you for asking this question. MedStar Health will not tolerate retaliation in any form or in any way (i.e., overt or by omission) against someone speaking up about discrimination in the workplace. GME is committed to providing a safe environment for bringing forward such complaints. If at all possible, the identity of the individual lodging the complaint will not be disclosed. However, in some situations, due to the nature of the issue or interaction, it cannot be avoided. In this case, we advise the individual bringing the concern forward to let them know if we believe their name is likely to become known as part of the investigatory process.
Concerns about discrimination or other forms of mistreatment can be brought directly to Jamie Padmore, your program director, chair, or anyone in the GME office. Human Resources is another resource where trainees can report concerns. Concerns can be communicated either verbally or in writing.
After a concern or complaint is brought forward, an inquiry typically follows. This means GME gathers as much information as possible from the individual raising the issue, including a list of other individuals whom we may speak with to learn even more information. Once this information is gathered, then the accused person(s) would be notified of the complaint, asked to respond, and to share their side of the story. Based on what the accused says, this will determine how the inquiry proceeds. The purpose of an inquiry is to obtain enough information to draw a fair conclusion. See more about this in the June 25, 2020 issue of Academics This Week.
If you have lodged a complaint and feel you are the subject of retaliation of any kind (overtly or by omission), please make Jamie Padmore, Human Resources, your program director, chair, or anyone in the GME office aware.