About Us

The Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB) is charged with furthering the fundamental mission of supporting and expanding the representation of individuals regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability within the department.

Women in Medicine Faculty Working Group

Gender equity is integral to the success of the Department of Medicine. The Women in Medicine Faculty Working Group has undertaken initiatives to support the professional advancement of women in the Department of Medicine and to insure:

  • Transparency and equity in the promotion process, salary and resource allocation
  • Mentorship
  • Bridge support
  • Diversity in grand rounds speakers
  • Formal parental leave policies
  • Part-time job flexibility and reentry

Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Working Group

Physician diversity drives excellence in patient care, education, innovation and research. The DIB's Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Working Group concentrates on issues central to URM trainee and faculty success:

  • Community
  • Mentorship
  • Bridge support
  • Transparency and equity in the promotion process, salary and resource allocation
  • Other critical resources

LGBTQ Working Group

Mass General is committed to the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) trainees, faculty and staff.  The hospital and the Department of Medicine have developed several resources for LGBTQ employees and their allies. The hospital’s LGBT Employee Resource Group brings together clinicians and staff to support the hospital’s LGBTQ community and to foster an environment that welcomes and affirms all sexual orientations and gender identities. The DIB's LGBTQ Working Group is focused on improving the experiences of Department of Medicine trainees and faculty through building community, education, and mentorship.

Disability Working Group

Any person can become a part of the disability community, at any time. The Mass General Department of Medicine is committed to trainees and faculty with disability–including vision, hearing, mobility, chronic health or mental health concerns. The DIB’s Disability Working Group works to ensure that our physical environment is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for patients, trainees and faculty, that the Department of Medicine is providing the correct accommodations for trainees and faculty, and that we are educating our community around disability.

Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion Board Leadership

Awards

Sanchez and Ferguson Research Faculty Award

Sanchez Ferguson 2016
Drs. Katrina Armstrong and Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie with 2016 Sanchez & Ferguson Award recipients: Drs. Fatima Cody Stanford, Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz, Richelle Charles, and Rhonda Bentley-Lewis

In the United States, 28% of the population self identifies as Black, Latino, Native Alaskan, Native American, or Native Hawaiian, however only 8% of U.S. medical faculty are from these racial and ethnic groups. Physician diversity improves our ability to be the best in clinical care, education, innovation, and research because diversity drives excellence.

Guillermo Sanchez, MD and Lloyd Ferguson, MD were the first Latino and African American residents in the Mass General Department of Medicine's Internal Medicine Residency Program, respectively. In 2016 the Department of Medicine established the Sanchez and Ferguson Research Faculty Award with the goal of enhancing a diverse research faculty to drive excellence, and in recognition of an unmet need for funding and mentorship support for junior faculty at vulnerable points in their careers. This award aims to support research faculty from underrepresented in medicine backgrounds. The Mass General Department of Medicine follows the definition of underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences of the National Institute of Health and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The intent of this program is to support the careers of promising young Department of Medicine basic and clinical investigators by providing interim funding and career development support.

2017 Sanchez and Ferguson Research Faculty Award Recipients

  • Richelle Charles, MD
  • Erica Warner, MPH, ScD

2016 Sanchez and Ferguson Research Faculty Award Recipients

  • Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, MD, MBA
  • Richelle Charles, MD
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA
  • Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz, PhD

Contact

Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Board

Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Gray Building, 7-730
Boston, MA 02114

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