Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Cooper, we believe that excellence can best be achieved through diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to actively recruiting students and faculty that foster these values. In addition to fully endorsing Cooper’s Graduate Medical Education Diversity Statement and partnering with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University’s Office of Diversity & Community Affairs, the Emergency Department has developed its own Diversity Anti-Racism Initiative.   

The Emergency Department Diversity Anti-Racism Initiative (DARI)

Emergency Medicine residents during White Coat for Black Lives demonstrationMission: The DARI (Diversity Anti-Racism Initiative) Group from the Emergency Department of Cooper University Hospital is an inclusive group of multi-disciplinary health care providers who support and promote antiracism initiatives to establish a more equitable and safe environment for both our colleagues and patients. We support:

  • Earnest dialogue about racism, bias, disparities, and their impact.
  • Targeted initiatives to increase diversity through education.
  • Policies that promote inclusion, diversity, and antiracism by working towards equality and fairness.
  • Alignment with other diversity initiatives throughout Cooper that include LGBTQIA+, class, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, race, religion, etc.
  • Outreach to better engage and build relationships with the Camden community to bridge cultural differences.

Vision: We can affect meaningful change by rescripting attitudes towards racism and its impact across our department and institution. The Emergency Department at Cooper Hospital strives to be a leader in achieving a more positive, equitable environment, so we can better fulfill Cooper's mission to serve, heal and educate.

We are proud to offer fourth year underrepresented students in medicine the opportunity to participate in our Cooper EM Visiting Elective Scholars Program which provides a scholarship and opportunity to rotate within our emergency department. Please visit the website for further details and instructions on how to apply.  

Below are examples of some curricula, activities and advocacy that the emergency department has recently engaged in:  

EM Residency Grand Rounds and Training

  • Transgender Health - Dr. Aiden Shapiro
  • Racial Perspectives on the Institution of Medicine - Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker
  • A Black Woman in a White Coat - Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker
  • Our Words Matter: Improving Clinical Communication to Advance Health Equity - Dr. Megan Healy
  • The Distance Between Us - Dr. Neil Syal
  • Compassion, Caring & Cultural Competence in the Camden Setting - Dr. Paul Audu
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Dr. Karima Sajadi-Ernazarova
  • History of Racism in Medicine - Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker
  • Cooper EM Gender Affirming Training for all our residents and faculty (March 2022)
  • Cooper EM Trauma Informed Care Training for our residents, faculty and nursing (2023)



  • Patrice Baptista, MD - Director of Mentorship Programs at CMSRU, Office of Diversity and Community Affairs
  • Cooper GME Diversity & Inclusion Council membership - est. 2020
  • Women in Medicine at Cooper - est. 2018
    • Leadership Board:  Kate Ginty, MD
    • Committee Leadership: Shelley Greenman, MD
  • Cooper Emergency Medicine Women in Medicine - est. 2013
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Leadership & Advocacy Conference attendance
  • ACEP Social Emergency Medicine membership
  • ACEP American Association of Women Emergency Physicians membership
  • Council of Residency Directors in EM (CORD EM) Diversity and Inclusion Committee membership
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Women in Emergency Medicine Academy membership