Diversity Vision Statement

Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of who we are and what we do as the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the UT Health Lozano Long School of Medicine. Our aggregate intelligence, talents, and skills are more richly inspired by a culture of inclusion within the department in order to effectively serve our diverse patient population locally and regionally, while embracing the wide range of social determinants of health in the patients that we serve. As a specialty defined by improving function and quality of life, we strive to understand, embrace, and work with all individuals regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran status and other aspects of diversity.

Our vision is to reflect the diversity and strength of the community we serve by:

  • Engaging in on-going, intentional recruitment and retention activities to enhance a diverse and inclusive department.
  • Recognizing a broad concept of diversity including life experiences as well as tradition associations with race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, military service, religious beliefs, national origin, age, and other distinctive characteristics.
  • Making available departmental resources to support a culture of inclusion including leadership development and academic success of our diverse faculty, staff, and trainees.
  • Defining and continually improving metrics to assess the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

For more information, please visit The Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

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Allan Lara

San Antonio is a city rich in history, situated on the beautiful Texas Hill Country, made up of a diverse population, and socially shaped by Mexican American culture. Where ‘Hiking & Tacos’ is a thing. Nonetheless its greatest quality comes from the roots of its culture, the sense of community. Being born to Mexican immigrants, I grew up in a big family and a part of a community where people look out for one another. It is exciting to see this cultural trait reflected in the workplace. At UT Health San Antonio PM&R Residency Program, you will find yourself a part of a family that promotes professional growth and provides continual support in your training. I chose San Antonio because I have the privilege of learning from my professional community while caring for my cultural community.”

Allan Lara, MD