Diversity and Inclusion
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Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a goal of becoming an anti-racist academic medical center; as conveyed by the theme of our recent Health Equity and Racial Justice Summit. There are efforts underway to work towards this goal happening at the residency, Department of Medicine and Hospital-wide levels. In addition, the Mass General Brigham system has a multi-pronged initiative, United Against Racism, which has greatly enhanced the work that is being done at the hospital, Department and residency level. Here at the Brigham, we have many hospital-wide structures to support and advance our work on health equity and racial justice including the Center for Community Health and Health Equity and the Center for Community Wellness, located in Dorchester. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had a COVID-19 Equity Response Team led by DOM faculty member, Dr. Cheryl Clark. This Response Team uses a multi-pronged approach to mitigate and reduce the inequities we were observing around COVID-19 by race, ethnicity, primary language and socioeconomic status.
In addition, the Department of Medicine (DOM) has a Health Equity Committee which is Co-Chaired by Dr. Valerie Stone. This Committee had numerous initiatives to advance health equity in the care that we provide, to enhance access to care at our hospital, to support and advance health equity research, roll out clinical innovations to enhance health equity and to develop and implement racial justice training. The DOM Health Equity Committee gives out Health Equity Innovation grants each year to support and advance needed health equity research; priority is given to grants which will lead to clinical innovations which improve health equity and reduce disparities.
At the residency level, there is an active and progressive Racial Justice Committee. This committee organized and implemented a hospital Demonstration for Black Lives in June. The Racial Justice Committee has been active in efforts to expand access to care at the Brigham, to enhance the availability of user friendly interpretation options for patients whose first language is not English, and efforts to combat the inequities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine has a wide-ranging set of programs to advance diversity and inclusion, led by Dr. Valerie Stone, Vice Chair for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. This includes special efforts to recruit a diverse group of trainees, with a special focus on underrepresented minority residents and LGBTQ residents. In addition, a number of programs and events are held to build community among the underrepresented residents, fellows and faculty.
Dr. Stone and the residency program leadership endeavor to connect URM residents with URM faculty for mentorship, career advice and research opportunities. To enhance connection and mentorship, a URM Faculty Directory and a
URM Resident and Fellow Directory were created and are updated on an annual basis. The Department of Medicine has URM faculty in all Divisions who serve as role models and mentors for URM residents and fellows. Efforts are underway, led by Dr. Stone’s office, to recruit more URM faculty and to support the career development and academic advancement of URM faculty and women faculty. Our efforts around diversity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine are enhanced by a close connection to the Brigham’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).
The CDI has programs, career development grants and mentorship available to further support our diverse trainees and faculty.
Our residency program has a very active and engaged resident Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) Committee. This committee works closely with Dr. Stone and the residency program leadership on efforts to advance diversity in the residency program, and to promote support, connection and community among URM residents. The current Chairs of the D & I Committee are Drs. Duaa Abdelhameid and David Sanchez.
The Brigham and Women’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to the following mission:
- Promote greater diversity in the medicine residency program by recommending strategic initiatives to recruit, support, and retain residents and faculty from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds in medicine
- Promote participation in activities advocating for and supporting underserved and disenfranchised communities of color in greater Boston
- Communicate diversity and inclusion initiatives, actions and results to all interested parties throughout the residency program and the Department of Medicine
- Serve as a professional and social support system for residents within the department that identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM)
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- Involvement in the application screening process for internal medicine residency applicants
- Individualized outreach to applicants granted/scheduled for an interview
- Involved in creating alternatives to URM resident dinners/socials, especially in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Post interview outreach
- Social media outreach
- BWH D&I Twitter
- Quarterly social events for the IM D&I members
- Past events:
- Meet-up at Time Out
- Bowling at Jillians
- Holiday Party
- UIM BBQ/Cookout
- Boston wide UIM resident event including BWH, MGH, BIDMC and BMC
- Emotional and mental wellness initiatives
- Plan and execute first annual UIM retreat for the 2020-2021 academic year
- Past events:
- Identify community outreach opportunities in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods
- Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Dorchester
- High school mentorship programs
- Collaborate with HMS SNMA/LMSA, Office of Diversity and Community Partnership and the Brigham Center for Community Health and Health Equity on service opportunities
- Collaborate with the Social Justice Committee/Racial Health Equity on community activism and housestaff educational initiatives
- Development of residency wide anti-racism curriculum
- Establish partnerships with public defender services in Boston for decarceration initiatives
- Big/Little sib (resident:intern)
- SNMA/LMSA HMS big/little sib mentoring
- AMEC/LMSA national meeting preparation/registration
- Pair up current residents with a URM faculty mentor
- Development of formal research mentorship programs for UIM residents
- Rheumatology’s Joint Biology Consortium mentorship program for UIM residents
- Maintain database of health disparities research
- Advertise funding support opportunities for individual projects