Christine Crawford

"CDI staff have provided me with invaluable guidance on how to navigate the complexities of MGH and the challenges that one faces while being a female physician of color. Their mentorship has instilled a sense of confidence in me which has been critical to my career development. This experience has inspired me to help facilitate RFC mentorship initiatives for Boston’s diverse youth and URM students participating in CDI programs.

Recruitment Initiatives

Retention Initiatives

CDI has worked closely with many departments to design mentorship and career development programs for URM housestaff during their training at MGH. CDI also sponsors welcoming receptions and networking events to help build a sense of community within MGH. CDI has a staff person - a manager of trainee affairs - dedicated to providing career guidance to residents and fellows while at MGH.

  • MGH and Partners have several resident benefit programs that ensure living in Boston is an affordable experience, including a new Resident Stipend Pilot Program and a Lease Guaranty Program
  • The Residents and Fellows Committee (RFC) is another resource that plays a crucial role in the life of URM residents and fellows at MGH. The RFC offers opportunities to socialize and network among peers, enhance career development, and become involved in the larger Harvard and Boston communities.
  • Career Development Liaison Program (CDLP) was created by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) as part of a continuing effort to support residents in their transition from student to MGH trainee. The goals of the program are to provide guidance, as well as well as to help advance the career development of URM trainees.
  • HMS Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (ODCP) at Harvard Medical School was created to promote increased recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse faculty, particularly underrepresented minority faculty, at Harvard Medical School and to oversee all diversity activities involving Harvard Medical School faculty, trainees, students and staff.
  • The CDI Faculty Development Award Program (MFDAP) is available for graduating residents and clinical fellows to advance their careers as faculty at MGH.

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