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URM Pioneers at MGH
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. It soon expanded to all clinical departments. View CDI's full history below.
1992 | Established the Office ofMinority Health Professions (OMHP) in the Department of Medicine. Winfred Williams, MD was the founding director.
1998 | OMHP renamed toMulticultural 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 URM mentorship program for medical students across Massachusetts that evolved into the Harvard Medical School URM mentorship program.
2001 | Appointed a programdirector for cross-cultural education to lead efforts in educating and creating a more culturally competent physician workforce.
2004 | Minority FacultyDevelopment Award Program established to include both a Physician/Scientist Development Award and Clinician-Teacher Development Award.
2006 | Advisory Board created, co-chaired by MGH 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 thedevelopment of departmental diversity action plans, which led to the creation of department-specific diversity committees and boards and departmental diversity goals.
2010 | Expanded offerings incross-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 signaturesponsor and organizer of the inaugural YWBoston Stand Against Racism at MGH, now an annual multidepartmental event to discuss issues of race and racism across MGH.
2012 | Organized and hostedfirst Student National Medical Association National Leadership Program and regional Latino Medical Students Association meeting at MGH.
2014 | The hospitalwide strategicplanning effort re-vitalized 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 collegeand medical students, providing a more longitudinal experience.
2017 | CDI secured funding fromECOR and MGPO for two awards in each category: Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Educator.
More to come!
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