Megha Shah Fitzpatrick, M.D., FAAP
Pediatric Critical Care
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Steering Committee, Faculty co-Chair
As a clinician educator and mother, racial justice and health equity are incredibly important to me as I look towards the next generation of physicians and my children’s generation of Americans. As a woman of color and an ally to our Black faculty, residents and students, I have heard from them and witnessed first-hand the barriers they have faced at every step of the way because of the racism within our society and within academic medicine. I strongly believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion lead to excellence. I am passionate about ensuring that we, as an academic health system, create and sustain a clinical learning environment that is diverse, inclusive and equitable. An environment that supports and helps all faculty, students and trainees thrive and excel; especially those in groups that are traditionally under-represented in medicine. Furthermore, creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive clinical learning environment will help us become an academic medical system that continues to promote health equity for all of the patients and communities we serve. I am looking forward to collaborating and innovating with leaders, faculty, and trainees across our health system to promote and sustain diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in our clinical learning and practice environment. I am humbled and honored to be a part of this important work as we strive to make change for a better future of academic medicine and a better future for my children’s generation of Americans.