Our Commitment

We have long recognized that the ABA plays a distinct role in addressing biases that endanger healthcare outcomes and in advancing equity and inclusion, particularly as it relates to our organization and assessments.

Being an organization that welcomes people from different communities enriches us all. Witnessing the opportunities and accomplishments that result from equitable service provision is a source of organizational pride. Tailoring our work and workplace to diverse populations allows us to learn from each other and grow.

Our Progress

Our work and dedication to DEI have evolved beginning in 2018 to where we stand today. We have made intentional strides to advance diversity and inclusion in our leadership and employment. The ABA DEI Task Force is collaborating with GOODSTOCK Consulting, LLC to develop a DEI strategic plan and to promote greater transparency. Together, we’ve completed Phase 1, which included diplomate, volunteer and staff surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews. To uphold our promise of transparency, we have developed this web page to share our ongoing efforts and progress in implementing our DEI plan.

Survey Results

In 2021, the ABA deployed surveys to engage our Board, volunteers, diplomates, candidates and staff to gauge their perceptions of our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts to assist in our journey to enhance inclusion and equity within our organization.

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ABA DEI Timeline

In 2018, we began taking intentional steps to facilitate discussions and employ strategies to ensure that our volunteers and board leaders are representative of the anesthesiology community. This work has become part of a broader strategy to weave diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into the fabric of the ABA culture. The revelatory nature of the pandemic and the true depth of the nation’s healthcare disparities have led the Board of Directors to accelerate DEI initiatives.

Our progress and initiatives have evolved, and we will continue to share these milestones as our DEI plan advances.

DEI Timeline

Our future

We plan to continue to construct our DEI foundation through our policies and procedures, including publicizing our volunteer selection processes, conducting differential item functioning (DIF) analyses for our assessments, evaluating representation at all levels of the organization, and developing continuing DEI education for diplomates, volunteers and staff. We will continue to share our emerging plan and milestones.

We are committed to doing our part to address the public health crisis propagated by social and healthcare inequities. Our mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. Equitable, high-quality healthcare, including anesthesia care, must be made available equally to all, regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation.

DEI Principles

We acknowledge that individual and institutional bias has impacted or excluded marginalized members of our professional and patient communities, regardless of the intention of those excluding.

We commit to engaging the broader diplomate and healthcare communities in our DEI initiatives to ensure that we gain comprehensive input to pursue meaningful DEI goals and initiatives.

We commit to communicating transparently and frequently with key stakeholders regarding our DEI efforts and providing channels to receive and incorporate feedback.

We will set actionable goals, holding ourselves accountable for measuring our progress toward these goals.

We will seek out opportunities to collaborate and incorporate evidence-based best practices that enhance our ability to achieve our goals and support broader DEI efforts in healthcare.

We commit to creating pathways for ABA volunteers and staff to access the resources and mentorship they need to achieve professional success.

We commit to researching and rooting out instances of bias in our policies and assessments if or when any are identified.

We understand the importance of increasing awareness related to bias, discrimination, systemic racism and healthcare disparities, and commit to continuously educating and training key stakeholders within our sphere of influence.



Representation of individuals with a rich array of different characteristics, origins and identities.


Impartiality and equal access to opportunities, resources and advancement to overcome barriers to fair treatment.


An environment of belonging that welcomes, respects and values a variety of voices, thoughts and ideas in decision making to improve outcomes.

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