The Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) promotes the recruitment and advancement of physicians and scientists underrepresented in medicine (URM) and seeks to develop a culturally competent and engaged workforce at Mass General where all can experience a true sense of belonging.

Mass General follows the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) definition of underrepresented minorities in medicine.

Our History

The hospital's workforce diversity efforts officially started in 1992 with the formation of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Initially called the Office for Minority Health Professions, the program was made up of a small but vocal minority who were based in the Department of Medicine. It soon expanded to all clinical departments.

Show Timeline

1992 | Established the Office of Minority Health Professions (OMHP) in the Department of Medicine. Winfred Williams, MD was the founding director.

1998 | OMHP renamed to Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO); appointed three faculty associate directors.

2000 | Senior administrator hired; MAO expanded to work with all hospital departments across the career continuum of physicians and scientists—students, trainees and faculty.

2001 | Manager of trainee affairs position created as faculty liaison for trainees; established the Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows (OMRF); created the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) mentorship program for medical students across Massachusetts that evolved into the Harvard Medical School URM mentorship program.

2001 | Appointed a program director for cross-cultural education to lead efforts in educating and creating a more culturally competent physician workforce.

2004 | Minority Faculty Development Award Program established to include both a Physician/Scientist Development Award and Clinician-Teacher Development Award.

2006 | Advisory Board created, co-chaired by Mass General President Peter L. Slavin, MD and Dr. Williams; executive director and program manager positions created to meet demands of growing programs and initiatives.

2010 | Championed the development of departmental diversity action plans, which led to the creation of department-specific diversity committees and boards and departmental diversity goals.

2010 | Expanded offerings in cross-cultural education to include team-based learning, and later (2014) unconscious bias training.

2011 | Hosted first alumni reunion, bringing back prominent URM alumni for a weekend of seminars, networking and celebration.

2012 | Became signature sponsor and organizer of the inaugural YW Boston Stand Against Racism at Mass General, now an annual multidepartmental event to discuss issues of race and racism across MGH.

2012 | Organized and hosted first Student National Medical Association National Leadership Program and regional Latino Medical Students Association meeting at Mass General.

2014 | The hospital-wide strategic planning effort revitalized the MGH/MGPO Diversity and Inclusion Committee and created an Executive Committee on Community Health. MAO was an integral part of this strategic planning effort and staff have leadership roles on both committees.

2015 | MAO was renamed to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, to reflect the expansion of programs and initiatives. All initiatives became “CDI” focused, e.g., the CDI Faculty Development Award Program; the OMRF evolved into the CDI Resident and Fellow Committee.

2016 | SRTP expanded to 20 college and medical students, providing a more longitudinal experience.

2017 | CDI secured funding from ECOR and MGPO for two awards in each category: Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Educator.

The Untold Story: URM Pioneers at Mass General

Dr. William Augustus Hinton
In 1913, Dr. William Augustus Hinton was the first known African-American physician at Mass General. He was also the first African‐American physician to publish a textbook—Syphilis and Its Treatment, 1936—and he developed the internationally used "Hinton Test," a flocculation method for detecting syphilis.

Since 1913, Mass General has had many "first" physicians who are and were underrepresented in medicine. This slide show gives us a window into their contributions.

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