Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD, teaches coping skills to help with the overwhelming stress on us during the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses how learning resiliency through online training can help us all with our mental health during this stressful time.
The Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity is a dedicated, diverse group of members who meet monthly and participate in a wide array of activities on issues related to diversity.
We strive to ensure diverse representation of our department in our center membership, including trainees, research assistants, support and administrative staff, junior and senior clinical and research faculty (MD, PhD, and LICSW).
Goals of the Center for Diversity
The Center for Diversity has four main goals to help promote diversity and awareness at Mass General.
Recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, faculty and staff
Our center advocates for diversity in trainee recruitment and encourages underrepresented minority applicants to join our adult and child psychiatry residency and psychology internship programs through:
- Recruitment letters to underrepresented minority medical students through the Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association
- Cross-collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Visiting Clerkship program, Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and program directors at Mass General/McLean Psychiatry departments and Mass General psychology program directors
- Inclusion of interested trainees as affiliates of the center and program directors as members of the center
Faculty and Staff Recruitment and Retention
Members are committed to supporting the department’s efforts to recruit underrepresented minority junior and senior staff by offering outreach, mentorship and support to potential candidates and current staff members.
Diversity education for staff members
Members actively participate in a wide range of activities to promote awareness of topics such as cultural humility, cultural sensitivity, microaggression and microaffirmation. We emphasize the relationship these can have in all aspects of patient interactions and how these encounters may be influenced by cultural differences like age, gender, race, religion, size, sexual orientation and socioeconomic differences.
Education of our members, the Psychiatry Department, the Mass General clinical and administrative staff, and the wider community about diversity-related topics is accomplished through:
- Invited lecture series at monthly meeting for members
- Faculty retreats for members
- Frances Bonner MD Grand Rounds & award celebration
- Spring Diversity Speaker Series
- Blum Learning Center Brown Bag Lunches for the Mass General community
- Diversity Dialogue Workshops for groups in the Mass General community
- Publishing articles and books on diversity issues
Trainee education, supervision and mentoship
Our members provide Mass General psychology and psychiatry trainees education to encourage clinical excellence on diversity-related concepts as they apply to the clinician-patient encounter. Center members lead and participate in:
- Lectures on diversity issues in both the psychology and psychiatry trainee core didactics series
- Supervision and mentorship of psychology and psychiatry trainees
Promotion of patient-centered activities
The long-term goals of our center include understanding the diversity of the psychiatric patient population at Mass General and developing strategies to ensure that psychiatric patients of all backgrounds feel welcome at Mass General.
About the Center for Diversity
The work of the center is carried out through member committees and collaborations with other groups both within the hospital and the larger medical community.
We encourage members of the center to participate in committees related to our center activities or to create committees related to their interests. Current committees include:
- Bonner Award Committee
- Diversity Dialogue Committee
- Latino Mental Health Initiative
- Medical Student Recruitment Initiative
- Size Diversity Committee
- Spring Speaker Series Committee
- Recruitment, Retention, and Faculty Development Committee
- Transgender Health Committee
Partnerships & Collaborations
We are proud to collaborate with other groups in the hospital and greater community with a focus on diversity issues, including:
- Mass General Diversity Committee
- Mass General Disparities Solution Center
- Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Harvard Medical School
- McLean Hospital
- Harvard University Health Services
- Student National Medical Association
- Latino Medical Student Association
- American Psychiatric Association
Our Center endeavors to ensure accountability through:
- Committee reports and regular updates
- Biannual reports to Psychiatry Chief and Department Leadership
- Reports to the hospital-wide Diversity Committee
- Oct | 26 | 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about universal uncertainty and has been the source of new anxiety and tension for many people. Many report a significant decline in the amount and quality of sleep—the result of poor sleep hygiene, or the habits that help you cultivate a good night’s sleep.
- Oct | 23 | 2020
Celebrating gives people the energy to press on during difficult times, said Joseph Betancourt, MD, vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer, in his introduction to the “Celebration of Unity, Heritage and Mass General Latino/a/x Front Line Staff” event.
- Oct | 14 | 2020
On Wednesday, October 14, Greg Fricchione, MD, associate chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General, spoke about how to maintain good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are five tips from his lecture.
- Press Release
- Oct | 6 | 2020
Across the U.S., the relaxation of statewide physical distancing measures that are designed to control the COVID-19 pandemic frequently resulted in an immediate reversal of public health gains against SARS-CoV-2.
- Sep | 29 | 2020
Midwives care for pregnant women at all stages of recovery. The Midwifery Model of Care offers women and families support, education and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth. This presentation shares the experience of midwifery care provided in the Mass General HOPE Clinic.