The MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) hosted its annual Gala and Graduation May 11 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, celebrating 43 graduates underrepresented in medicine across all MGH training programs. The event included remarks by CDI leadership members Elena Olson, executive director; Winfred Williams, MD, co-chair of the advisory board; Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, associate director; as well as remarks by Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, and Tim Ferris, MD, MGPO CEO.

“The first word that comes to mind when I think about CDI and the Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) is family,” says Utibe Essien, MD, a general medicine fellow graduate and past RFC chair. “From the welcome barbeque, to the community service events, to the mentorship offered through the CDI, my residency experience was transformed by being part of this family.”

The CDI sponsors groundbreaking initiatives and award-winning programs ranging from a summer research program for college and medical students, to a vibrant resident and fellow committee, to faculty development awards and cross-cultural education and trainings. “One of the most important things CDI does is to provide opportunities for trainees and faculty, such as the CDI Gala and Graduation, to connect with each other and create a sense of community,” says Olson.

This article was originally published in the 06/01/18 Hotline issue.