Friday, February 17, 2012

Welcoming Latino medical students


ENRICHING EXPERIENCE: Contreras discusses his career with members of the Latino Medical Students Association.

The MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) welcomed nearly 80 members of the Latino Medical Students Association to the MGH Feb. 3 as a kick-off to the group’s seventh annual national conference at Harvard Medical School. The two-hour reception in the Thier Conference Room, preceded by a hospital tour, provided students with the opportunity to talk with a number of MGH leaders, faculty and residents.

“We’ve been there, we know what you are going through and we hope to be a resource to you,” said Fernando Contreras, MD, an Internal Medicine senior resident who serves as the education and career development officer for the MAO’s Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows. “Our mission is to foster a supportive community during training, and we are committed to enhancing your careers and connections at MGH and beyond.”  

The event also featured remarks from Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, who provided an overview of the hospital’s history, and Elena Olson, executive director of MAO, who detailed several possible future opportunities for students to learn more about the MGH – including MAO’s mentorship, summer
research trainee and visiting clerkship programs.

Ernesto González-Martinez, MD, director of the Dermatology International Training Program and the first Latino full professor in the department, told students how the MGH has evolved into an organization that celebrates its diverse staff. He offered them a two-part challenge: “Be the best physician you can be regardless of ethnicity – but also always consider social responsibility to be part of your career,” he said. “I feel enriched by all of the people in this community, and I hope you can all see that MGH is a tremendous place to work.”   

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