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SLS’s AIDE Initiative


A commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity is critical to the practice of medicine and the provision of high quality patient care. The mission of SLS is to promote excellence in patient care by providing an open forum for surgeons and other health professionals interested in minimally invasive surgery and therapy through the introduction, discussion and dissemination of new and established ideas, techniques and therapies in minimal access surgery. Without a dedicated commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion and equity across health care, such a mission cannot be approached in a way that ensures the needs of all individuals are met such that they are able to thrive. Efforts and initiatives are needed to increase diversity in the medical workforce and ensuring that workforce and leadership representation reflects the diversity of the US population. Bias and discrimination based upon background, race, color, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or veteran status should be opposed.

SLS pledges a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. SLS recognizes that efforts and initiatives are needed to increase diversity in the medical workforce, that the pipeline of underrepresented students entering graduate school, medical school, residency programs and advanced fellowships needs to be increased, and that inclusive curricula in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education needs to address the unique health concerns of underrepresented individuals.

SLS supports the eradication of bias, the development of policies that promote diversity and inclusion, and diverse educational programming. Opportunities for structural change include: joint collaboration with educational institutions and like-minded organizations, development of mentorship networks and resources, facilitation of educational opportunities for basic and advanced training in MIS and robotic techniques and technologies, and efforts to increase representation of skin of color, others underrepresented in medicine, and advancement of women in medicine and surgery, among others.